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Please participate in the Great Pound vote..

Hear ye`  Hear ye`  Hear ye`  

All EE community members are invited and encouraged to participate in the following question...


The question is genuine, but asked in the spirit of fun to help settle a debate I've been having with another member.

Thanks :-)

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Speed542018-01-29 11:18 AMID: 2100479
Anyone from your continent is by definition American.

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bsod2018-01-29 11:35 AMID: 2100485
I'm a North American, not an American.

So shuddup, ya Australasian git!   ;-)
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Andrew Leniart2018-01-29 08:20 PMID: 2100649
I'm going to call Andrew a "Kiwi" until he gives Canada her due in that question.

Ouch!!  Now that's hitting below the belt!

Ok ok, you win.  Canada will be represented in the latest count :)

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bsod2018-01-29 08:51 PMID: 2100667
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Marco Gasi2018-01-30 05:42 AMID: 2100922
Done :)
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PortletPaul2018-02-01 01:50 PMID: 2102829
# = hash
£ = pound but if you read below that symbol is derived from a scribes method of denotng an abbreviation.... which has morphed into a symbol

"lb" is an abbreviation, not a sign or symbol see below for more



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.

One symbol for the astrological sign Libra
You will also know Libra as the astrological sign, the seventh sign of the zodiac. In classical times that name was given to rather an uninspiring constellation, with no particularly bright stars in it. It was thought to represent scales or a balance, the main sense of libra in Latin, which is why it is often accompanied by the image of a pair of scales.

Libra for a pound is first found in English in the late fourteenth century, almost at the same time as lb started to be used. Strictly speaking again, this was the Roman pound of 12 ounces, not the more modern one of 16. And just to consolidate my reputation for careful description, modern metrologists, scientists who study units of measurements, would prefer that we don’t use lbs at all; in scientific work, all units are singular.

Incidentally, another abbreviation for libra became the standard symbol for the British pound in the monetary sense. In modern times it is usually written £, an ornate form of L in which a pair of cross-strokes (often just one these days) were the way that a medieval scribe marked an abbreviation. The link between the two senses of pound, weight and money, is that in England a thousand years ago a pound in money was equivalent to the value of a pound of silver.