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Thursday 18th December 2014
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Why is a Pound in Weight Lbs?

Question


A pound in weight is abbreviated to lbs - when kilograms is kg, centimetres is cm - why?
Matthew, Tunbridge Wells


James: Latin - Libra is scales in Latin and it comes from there. Not quite right but I'm close.

Answer


Name: Jonathan, Boreham Wood
Qualification:
Answer: There is an old language - I don't know what it is - and in it 'libre' is pound.

James:that's not really good enough, which language? What is scales?


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