You were forced to memorize a table as a child. It took years. This lookup table is found in English and several other languages. It’s so embedded that it’s part of your implicit memory now. You weren’t born with it. It was put in you through non-stop training sessions. Place. Ones, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands, Millions, Billions, Trillions. Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths _, _0, _00, _000, _000,000, _000,000,000, _000,000,000,000 ._, .0_, .00_ Repeat something often enough and with authority (or humor (memes), or violence, or love, or duty), and it becomes habit. Instinctive. Almost as if you were born with it. But, you weren’t.

You were forced to memorize a table as a child. It took years.
 
This lookup table is found in English and several other languages.
 
It’s so embedded that it’s part of your implicit memory now. You weren’t born with it. It was put in you through non-stop training sessions.
 
Place.
 
Ones, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands, Millions, Billions, Trillions.
Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths
 
_, _0, _00, _000, _000,000, _000,000,000, _000,000,000,000
._, .0_, .00_
 
Repeat something often enough and with authority (or humor (memes), or violence, or love, or duty), and it becomes habit. Instinctive. Almost as if you were born with it.
 
But, you weren’t.
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 It’s speculation. Reasonable but speculation. Base-20 is found in several languages. From fingers and toes? Probably. Don’t know for sure.
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 In Babylon, they used BASE 60, which actually is superior for a lot of reasons, particularly fractions.
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  An addition table in base 10 contains 45 table entries. That’s all we have to memorize for it to work.Base 2 has 1 table entry.
Base 60 has 1770 table entries, so they did a lot of writing.
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 For whatever reason, “mlliard”, “billiard”, “trilliard” were never part of the American degenerate business language we bombastically also refer to as English.I don’t know why America doesn’t use aluminium.
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 I’d be glad to provide an explanation if I had one, Roland. I don’t. Cost of doing business with America is probably it though.
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 It’s like giving in to a demanding child. They can’t see what they can’t see. Americans don’t “see” “mlliard”, “billiard”, “trilliard”. They simply do not exist in the American mind, including mine.I can’t process it.
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 America is stubborn. As a boy, in the 1980s, the USA was poised to adopt metric.My teachers were both angry and glad, depending. They didn’t know how to teach metric but tried, right alongside feet, inches, etc.

But, somewhere around the mid 1980s, it’s just STOPPED.

It was as if Metric no longer existed in school.

I suspect Congress had something to do with it. Ronald Reagan was in power at the time.

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 I found it. Yes, it was Congress. I was in school from 1977 – 1990.

“The study recommended that the United States implement a carefully planned transition to predominant use of the metric system over a ten- year period. Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 “to coordinate and plan the increasing use of the metric system in the United States.” The Act, however, did not require a ten- year conversion period. A process of voluntary conversion was initiated, and the U.S. Metric Board was established. The Board was charged with “devising and carrying out a broad program of planning, coordination, and public education, consistent with other na tional policy and interests, with the aim of implementing the policy set forth in this Act.” The efforts of the Metric Board were largely ignored by the American public, and, in 1981, the Board reported to Congress that it lacked the clear Congressional mandate necessary to bring about national conversion. Due to this apparent ineffectiveness, and in an effort to reduce Federal spending, the Metric Board was disestablished in the fall of 1982. “

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