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  levention  |  18

Americans are so dumb..

  zanlyxa  |  10

Omg. This one kid in my class in grade four spent a week trying to convince people it was labs so he wouldn't sound like an idiot. He even tried to show us what a lab was... ... Apparently it had something to do with fat... ...

  Marcella1016  |  31

#14 was obviously making a joke. And I find it quite fitting, as our educational system has been on the decline as it relates to other first world countries for years.

Anyway, did you go through your whole life with no one correcting you? No one, seriously? Lol. I guess they just politely smiled and nodded whenever you said "labs" and assumed it was some sophisticated term they had never heard of or something.

  kirasant  |  19

I dunno I went to American public school and I knew it was pounds. I think that was covered pretty early on, like early elementary school. In fact, OP's mistake is so unbelievable to me, I actually just came to look at the comments to see if anyone else had ever made this mistake or even heard of someone doing it.

  kingdomgirl94  |  28

The form lb is actually an abbreviation of the Latin word libra, which could mean a pound, itself a shortened form of the full expression, libra pondo, “pound weight”. The second word of this phrase, by the way, is the origin of the English pound.

That's also why the £ symbol resembles an L with a line through it, for Libra.

  chinaski7628  |  32

Both the English word 'pound' and it's abbreviation 'lbs' come from the same term, which is a Roman unit of weight (I don't feel like googling the exact term, but it's something like 'libra pondo')-- hence the seemingly unconnected abbreviation. My freshman do a Latin root word etymology project every year and this one always comes up.

By  Syruphs  |  17

YDI for just assuming and not looking into it

  Flowtastic  |  16

The fml just doesn't make sense though.

When the lb. abbreviation is used it is usually always clearly meant to be pounds.

Someone doesn't buy 10 "labs" of potatoes.

Either the FML is fake or the OP can't grasp basic problem solving such deductive reasoning.

  Flowtastic  |  16

68 - maybe that's the problem...

If I were the OP I'd be curious as to why "labs" was short for pounds, or why they sell groceries by the "labs" rather than pounds...

  ohSNAPyall  |  26

I'm with you, 82. This is something that OP could have figured out through reading comprehension and curiosity, even if no one had taught it to her directly.

  Syruphs  |  17

I know right, I guess just cause I said YDI they hate on it. There has been a lot of things I misinterpret or say that I was never taught the correct way and I've looked it up and corrected myself.

By  yeyeboys  |  20

This is a time when somebody should use google or urban dictionary...

  Amanyyyyyy  |  29

Some Urban Dictionary definitions for "lbs":

Laughing But Serious
Little Bitch Syndrome
Loose Bowel Syndrome
Local Bike Shop

So yeah, I don't think Urban Dictionary is the place to go for this...

  yeyeboys  |  20

I agree with what you're saying but the second one on the list for urban dictionary (for the app it is atleast) is pounds and it clearly states that it is weight.

  morella_xx  |  29

I think #6 is referring to the fictional location, as in The Wizard of Oz. Which is not named for the ounces abbreviation, by the way; Baum got it from his filing cabinet's "O-Z" drawer.

  usnwife  |  18

The whole Wizard of Oz movie is based on the Populist political movement. Wizards balloon, the movement sweeping the nation like a tornado... even the fact that many people thought McKinley was so old he would fall asleep on the job - hence the poppy fields. The yellow brick road, gold, and her shoes were originally silver not ruby. And yes, Oz just happens just stand for ounces. Maybe his file cabinet too, whatever, but research the politcal populist movement worked into the movie, its crazy how much is put into everything.

  chinaski7628  |  32

I'm relatively well-read and well-educated and there are several words I've come to realize that I've mispronounced most of my life, mainly because I've only read them in print and somehow never connected the words I read to words I heard. It happens to the best of us-- a piece of common knowledge we should know that just slips through the cracks of our mind. It's best to laugh about it and learn from it.

  christge1beast  |  17

It's like that for many of us. I've only recently learned I've been pronouncing the word epitome incorrectly. I say it like it rhymes with episode. I've seen the word many times in books but never heard it said so I pronounced it wrong all my life.

  ihaveasushicat  |  24

I remember learning abbreviations in school for certain things, such as ounces and pounds. "The abbreviation for pounds is 'lbs'." So days the teacher. So I was truly wondering if OP was taught or not. Who knows what they teach in school now.