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Dave559 Silver badge


Argh, why do words like "quintillion" even exist? I doubt there are many people who know what named numbers larger than billion or trillion actually represent (and then there is the whole short scale versus long scale issue where people speaking different languages can't even mutually agree on what these do mean).

When you get to numbers that ludicrously big (or small), it's surely easier (and just as meaningful/meaningless) just to refer to them as 10^x or 2^y as appropriate, for all the "comprehensible" meaning they have?

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