confused about abbreviations

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confused about abbreviations

Postby nomathwiz » Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:56 am

Why is the abbreviation for OUNCES>>OZ and pound>>>LB? Is there a special reason or history on this?
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Postby Guest » Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:28 pm

Because the inch-pound system is evil, and nothing about it makes any sense. Glad I got that out of the way.

Best I can do is the pound is derived from an ancient Roman weight, the libra, and the abbreviation is derived from that. It supposedly was a little lighter than the modern pound, about 327 g. I don't know why ounces are abbreviated oz.
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