The Abbreviation for PoundDate: 2/14/96 at 9:39:4 From: Penny Ross Subject: Pounds Dear Dr. Math, I was wondering why the abbrevation of pound is lb.? Sincerely, Andrew Rohrbach Date: 2/16/96 at 15:40:34 From: Doctor Ethan Subject: Re: Pounds Hey, what a neat question. I asked a friend and he said that according to Webster's Dictionary it is an abbreviation for libra, the Latin word for a unit of weight in ancient Rome approximately equal to but less than the avoirdupois pound.. Well what do you know. I was surprised, too. -Doctor Ethan, The Math Forum |
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