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Why the abbreviation for pound?
Why is the abbreviation for pound lb. when l or b
isn't in the word pound?
Buzz first sent us this response to the question:
lb. is short for libra, the Latin word for a weight
that was approximately a pound.
Forrest sent us this to confirm that Buzz was
lb. is the abbreviation for the latin "libra" which
menas "pound" as per an acronym.abbreviation website.
And Dave G sealed the deal with:
In response to "Why is a pound abbreviated as
'lb'?"...the word pound was derived from a Latin unit of weight
called libra; it's pretty easy to see how 'lb.' came about.
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