The history of the word hundred is guaranteed to surprise you. As are the stories behind so many English words for big numbers. Where does the word thousand come from? How much is a milliard? How many in a myriad? What’s a British billion? And what are lakhs and crores?
Allow me to answer these questions and more as we explore the etymology of massive numbers.
**NO MATHS KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED**
0:54 HUNDRED – long hundred, twelfty
4:08 THOUSAND – swollen hundred
5:29 MYRIAD – how much & how to use it
7:19 A friendly interruption
7:42 LAKH & CRORE – how much & why
8:42 MILLION – origin
9:28 MILLIARD – how much, billiard & trilliard
11:00 GOOGOL – googolplex, googolplexplex history