> The question of what to use as first and second order quotation marks
> seems to be language related:
> In US English (and Swedish), quotes are nested as
> ``And then he said `foo bar', ... ''
> whereas in UK English, it is
> `And then he said ``how bad'', ... '
> I think.
I'm not aware of any fixed rule about this: if there is one, it's
certainly not enforced.
> * In US English, the number 1e9 is typeset as "one billion", whereas in UK
> English, it is typeset as "one milliard". (After the French revolution, the
> metric system, and the system with "milliard" was invented, and the
> British, as the Swedes, started using that; later the French switched back
> to the original system, the used in the US.)
I boggle. I've never heard *anyone* use milliard in 50 years of
listening to spoken English (as opposed to USAn, that is ;-). I've
seldom heard it in spoken French, for that matter, but I did at least
know of its existence as a French word...
> In principle, one could think of special commands for cardinal numbers;
> one might the use the source code, to see which number was intended. :-)