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# Why is 'number' abbreviated as 'no' when there is no 'o' in number?

Question #34133. Asked by PUZZLER. (May 21 03 5:28 PM)

Tabby Tom

'No' represents the Latin 'numero', the ablative case of 'numerus', which is the word for number. Thus 'No 6' means 'six by number' or 'six in numerical order'.

 May 21 03, 5:35 PM
KingTT

Also, it's worth noting that 'lb' to stand for pound comes from the latin libra pundum, where Libra (the zodiac sign) meaning The Scales.

Dunno where oz for ounce came from, though. Probably something similar.

 May 22 03, 8:38 AM
mibmob

It comes from uncia - a scribal corruption where the u becomes o and the z is not a z but a contraction of the other letters. It's like viz is a contraction of videlicet and the z is part of the scribal contraction.

 May 22 03, 11:10 AM

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