By shtidsfpa - 18/06/2014 21:06 - United States - Shelby
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#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, OP...how 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.
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.
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.
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.
YDI for just assuming and not looking into it
I'm surprised that nobody ever corrected you before. You must have some crap friends.
It must have been disappointing to realize that ounces didn't come from Oz. Um...you knew that, right?
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.
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.