Mathematicians: the world's weirdest translators.
Hey, I get it. “Million” and “billion” sound basically the same. When written, they differ by a single letter. Both mean “more dollars than I have at the moment.” On a purely sensory level, swapping them feels like confusing “affect”/“effect” or “allusion”/“illusion,” or Natalie Portman/Keira Knightley. An honest mistake. And yet . . . There … Continue reading Errors No More Egregious Than Confusing “Million” and “Billion”
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