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Re: A Trillion dollars
By Rudy McGillvray


March 30, 2009

Dear Ken, and everyone else who doesn't know that a trillion dollars is not what you think it is.

OK, a little math lesson, a million is a million, a billion is actually a million millions not a thousand millions. (see zeros)

1,000,000.00 (a million) 1,000,000,000,000,000.00 (a billion)
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 (a trllion) a billion is two full sets of a million each, a trillion is three full sets of a million each.

A further illustration: 1,000 (a thousand); 10,000 (ten thousand)
100,000 (a hundred thousand) 1,000,000 ( a million) 10,000,000 (ten million) 100,000,000 (a hundred million) 1,000,000,000 (a thousand million) 10,000,000,000 (ten thousand million) 100,000,000,000 ( a hundred thousand million) etc., ad nauseum (sp). And fro a trillion you get to do the whole thing over, only with billions.

Please do not argue the point with me in this column, look it up in an English language dictionary. I don't mean a pocket dictionary either, I mean one of those that sits on a stand, weighs about 20 lbs, and had every fact known to man.

Yours in correct verbiage,

Rudy McGillvray
Ketchikan, AK

Received March 19, 2009 - Published March 30, 2009


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