Today I learned that we use lb as the abbreviation for pounds (weight) because language is a fuck

Specifically the Romans measured things in "libra" (which is why the symbol for Libra is a scale), but people under the Romans who used Proto-Germanic heard the phrase "libra pondo" (Latin for "the weight measured in libra") and just started being like "haha oh yeah this thing is X pondo heavy". So the word "pound" is derived from the Latin word for "weight" ("pondus") but we use "lb" because that's how the Romans abbreviated libra, the actual unit of measurement they used.

@infernusgoatus In French the word for "pound" is "livre", the circle is complete


@jkb @infernusgoatus same with pesos! Extra funny cos dollar is also a spanish word

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