Subject: Re: question 4U
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 21:17:45 -0500 (EST)

Hi Floriancic,
	I didn't know this! Thanks for writing and asking about it. It
turns out that "lb", the abbreviation for pound, is a holdover from latin.
The English pound evolved from the Roman libra. 
Libra is also the latin word for scales.


Good luck,
Bob Cooper
Sr. Biologist
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

On Sun, 21 Feb 1999, Floriancic wrote:

> 	Hello I am a 15 male from Ont, CANADA and i have a question that might
> seem simple but i don't understand.
> 	I would like  to know where lb. out of pound comes from.  I understand how
> you get all the other short froms out of those measurements.  But how do
> you get lb. out of pound?  where did it come from? thats a question that i
> need answered and i have look at different pages to look it up, but i had
> no sucess.  If you could help me, or even tell me how the word "lb" came
> from pound,  I  would be very greatfull.
> 	please respond. Thank you very much, andrew
>   	my e mail address is: