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Old 08-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Weight loss nerd fact.... Pounds!

Fun fact I came upon this week while reading a book unrelated to weight loss.

The origin of the abbreviation 'lb.' for pound comes from the Latin words 'libra pondo', which is the word for balancing scales, and pounds weight. We however just use the abbreviation 'lb.' for libra and don't have an abbreviation for pound.

Libra is also a word that is both singular and plural, so adding a 's' to the end, such as 'lbs.' is incorrect... It is still just lb... whether we lose 1 lb., or 4 lb.

I'm a nerd so this is fun information.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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I'm going to stop putting that 's' at the end of my lb. I knew about where the abbreviation came from but I hadn't heard about how it pluralizes.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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Hah! Love it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:19 PM   #4
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:59 AM   #5
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I always wondered why the tickers say "lb" lost not "lbs" lost.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:47 AM   #6
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Interesting! I had always wondered where "LB" came from. Sometimes I pluralize LB though because in my mind I am saying "el bees" -- I lost 2 ell bees last week!
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #7
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Thanks! I love learning random facts!!!! You know, the kind, when repeated, cause people to give you the where-does-that-fit-in look.
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #8
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Thanks, I love this kind of trivia!
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