Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:04:45 PDT
From: Phil Thomas
Subject: Re: gazillion

Larry Horn wrote:

>Not to mention "googolplex"--1 followed by a googol of zeros, where a
>googol is 1 followed by 100 zeros, both dubbings from George Gamow's
>_One, Two, Three, Infinity_ (1947). I think "googol" was suggested
>by his young son.

This is true-- I've seen variations on the spelling of the word,
although it's usually either "googol" or "googool". For more
information than you may possibly desire on the subject, there's a web
page devoted to it:

Back to the "gazillion" discussion... I have also seen (albeit less
often) the word "bazillion" used. It's pretty clear as to what they're
supposed to convey, but I have no idea about the origin of these words.


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