Use of K (thousand) and M (million)

Subject: Use of K (thousand) and M (million)
From: "Montgomery, Kevin" <kmontgomery -at- LOGICON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 1994 15:43:39 PST

Folks -

I frequently edit documents in which analysts list quantities and
ranges of quantities using K to indicate thousands, e.g., 70K to mean
70,000. I am comfortable with that usage in these particular documents
because it avoids long strings of zeros or the inappropriate formality
of spelling out the numbers. However, these analysts also use M to
indicate millions, e.g., 3M to mean 3,000,000. I am uncomfortable with
that usage because it isn't in my dictionary, and because it might be
confused with the Roman M for 1,000. It would certainly be a
convenient usage in the context, and neither my analysts nor their
customers have problems with it. Anyone care to share their opinion
about the subject with me? Thanks.

-Kevin kmontgomery -at- logicon -dot- com


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