# Which is bigger, a bazillion or a gazillion?

Asked by Ort (518) March 1st, 2010 from iPhone

2 very large nonspecific numbers battle it out for supremacy. One, a bit more popular, both ginormous: which is the ginormousest?

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The ginormouse is a character from Alice in Wonderland and was of a modest size.

gailcalled (54577)

Neither has a meaning.

dpworkin (27045)

Those aren’t numbers.

My imaginary number is better by infinity +1!

You’ve heard the joke about the two soldiers reading the paper, and one says “it says three brazilian soldiers were killed last week!”
The other looks at him, and says “Wow, how many is in a brazillian?”

filmfann (48032)

They aren’t specific numbers but they are widely recognized slang for nonspecific but very large amounts. Come to think of it, there’s a zillion, too, to consider.

Ort (518)

A googolplex; it’s bigger than both and it real to boot.

cbloom8 (1718)

@cbloom8: Explain to the nice folks. A googol is 1 followed by 100 zeros.

A googolplex is ten raised to the power of one googol:
10^googol = 10^(10^100).

gailcalled (54577)

To answer your question, it’s a gazillion. B/C it goes mazillion, bazillion, and then eventually gazillion.

mrrich724 (8537)

I think they are exactly the same size.

Jeruba (51061)

A gazillion is definitely more ginormous. A bazillion does not even come close to the hugeness that is a gazillion.

iphigeneia (6229)

Neither of them are numbers. Here’s a number of high value, one decillion. I’m not sure if that is how its spelled, but I’m sure it’s a number.
Note: if you want to make your self look intellegent, do not randomly ask your friend, “Do you want to know a big number?! One decillion!” No no, do not do that, please, for my sake and your own.
At mrrich724, that is totally incorrect. It goes million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, and, like gailcalled said, googol, then googolplex.

Soysoy1997 (25)

We all know that ginormous is a made up word, I think first used by Will Ferrel in Elf.

When I was watching news coverage of what would have been a Tsunami Saturday, the anchor from CNN or MSNBC kept using ginormous as a real word! Hilarious.

stratman37 (8678)

Stratman37
good point but i think the first time used was alice in wonderland. Im not sure though

Soysoy1997 (25)

I think they are exactly the same size because they are equally meaningless. They are both made-up words for a very large, unspecified number..

They are not in Alice in Wonderland.

Jeruba (51061)

Not the new version, but ut is in Alice in Wonderland, I’m just not sure which one.

Soysoy1997 (25)

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