What’s After A Trillion?

23 Aug
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Last week, I was at 3.00t, a week later, 500t. This morning, I reached 600t.

Sometimes we coin up words to exaggerate our point. Like for instance when talking about numbers – million, billion and trillion, the next word to rhyme with these denominations, chances are ‘gazillion’––which I am guilty of––is used to emphasize the sheer enormity of the amount.

But the truth is, gazillion is a made-up word, like zillion and jillion. It made me wonder what’s the correct word after trillion? It is actually quadrillion with 15 zeros after the one. It looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000,000. That’s a heckuva lot of zeros.

Maybe that’s why when I play Cat Condo, the game resorted to abbreviate my mind-boggling fortune, starting with ‘k’ for the thousands, ‘m’ for the millions and ‘b’ for the billions.

At the trillion amount with 12 zeros, my fortune as of today is just 600t. I suppose even with the biggest screen smartphone available, on a horizontal orientation, I don’t think all the zeros can fit in, so it’s logical to abbreviate.

A thought crossed my mind – at a trillion, it’s just down to three digits and a letter ’t’; so would I have a ‘q’ after the numbers if I reach a quadrillion? Hmm… the only way to find out is to continue playing! And at the rate that I am raking in my riches, I should be able to by this weekend.

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