I just read the news article about Hubpages inclusion in the Lead411s top technology 200 and saw the following line:
"Applicants were required to be privately held, U.S. based companies with at least $500,000 million in revenue"
WOW - that's $500 Billion - didn't realize HP was doing that well! Methinks it may be a typo?!
Even though HP now takes in all the earnings from HPads and re-distributes I don't think that even if you call that revenue it would be that much.
I think someone stuttered on the zero key.
Yeah, it probably is a typo.
Aside from the article you read, but your own typo counts as one that is even worse.
$500,000 million isn't $500 Billion?
1000 million is now a Billion.
When I were a young lad in England 1 Billion was 1,000,000,000,000 but alas it is no more!
Ooooh, Simey, thank you so much! I asked about this, here:
with no response.
If you have any answers for the unanswered questions in that thread (and I understand that they would now be obsolete, according to the link you posted), I would love to know - i.e., I would love to know what those names were.
This pisses me off majorly.
Why the hell should I have to adopt US conventions when British English is older by many centuries!
As from now, I will not use the term billion ever again, as a protest!
Drachmas, shekels, roubles, sesterces...
I don't care about the currency, but I want billion to retain its correct meaning!
Should be in southern currency - pigs, chickens, and moonshine.
There is a more lengthy historical explanation in SimeyC's two other links. A lot of what they described surprised me (the French connection, for example).
Good for you
Honestly Im broke ,no matter whose currency is up there.
LOL well as a British man I quite like the fact that I'm closer to being a US billionaire rather than a British billionaire!
Sadly it's the international community that decides rather than the Brits or US! As an example - Aluminium is the standard word world wide in Engineering, even though the US says Aluminum - so the US doesn't always get their way!
I don't understand what you are saying here, Cags. (Sorry!) Are you going by the old British system or the current one/American one?
The problem is that I don't think there is anything official anywhere - apparently there was a change many years ago, but I still used the British Billion when I first came to the US!
Here's an interesting discussion though:
and here's one explaining all the terms:
Last year their profit was about 10 million according to the San Fran business times. Maybe that is what they have made in total since opening?
A worthy subpage.
http://www.lead411.com/company_HubPages … 84265.html
The American method is the American method, not the "current" one. But therein lies the explanation. You need three more zeros to be a British Billionaire.
The American is more 'accepted' though - when you hear that someone earned a Billion pounds it's generally the American Billion:
Let me rephrase then:
"Are you going by the old [or "used to be," as denoted in the article SimeyC linked] British system or the current [British] one ["now" or "nowadays," according to the Oxford Dictionaries article SimeyC linked], i.e. the American one?"
Fascinating discussions! Thanks so much for the links - I've bookmarked them both.
I was familiar with the term milliard from the time I spent in Germany, but I had not heard of billiard (except in connection with the game), trilliard, etc.
And I was especially interested to see that France did not adopt the "échelle longue" until 1948.
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