Talk:Satoshi (unit)

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How To Pluralize Satoshi (Unit)

In User:Theymos's recent edit of the FAQ, he says: "The plural of satoshi is satoshi: 'Send me 100 satoshi'." I'm not sure how common this irregular plural form is. The regular form does seem to be at least somewhat common:

I was wondering whether anyone has strong evidence for prefering one form over the other so we can update the FAQ and this page accordingly. (Mainly, I'm interested because I help maintain the developer documentation which makes extensive use of the regular plural form, and I want to know whether we should switch to the irregular plural form.) --Harding (talk) 19:22, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Came here from the Units page which uses the form 'satoshis'. Decided to do a completely unscientific study with Google, using the search phrase 'bitcoin "x satoshi"' and 'bitcoin "x satoshis"' where x was the numbers 2-10, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000 and 100,000,000 as well as their written form. All in all, for numerical writing, Satoshi beat out Satoshis 4:1. For written form, Satoshi beat out 'Satoshis 1.23:1.
There are some notable exceptions. 'Two' sees far many more 'Satoshis' than 'Satoshi'. This may be a result of "just my two satoshis" akin to "my two cents". 'Hundred million' (the number of Satoshi(s) per Bitcoin) sees vastly more counts of 'Satoshis' than it does 'Satoshi'.
TheRealSteve (talk) 13:55, 20 April 2015 (UTC)