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Do You Want To Know Why K Stands For A 1000? This Is The Real Reason Why!!

By Andrew Alpin, 22 December 2017

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Today it is standard procedure to write a thousand as a “K”. We do it without a second thought but how many really know the actual reason behind the K. Read on to find out why thousand is written by K. It’s pretty interesting actually since we are so used to using K as a thousand, yet we never stop to think why we do it.

The letter K has gone under much revision from its ancient usage in the Greek alphabet till today in the English language.

Do You Want To Know Why K Stands For A 1000 This Is The Real Reason Why!!

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To have money is to have power

Well, as they say money makes the world go round which is why it is extremely important for every person in the world today.  Without money, life can be tough especially when you’re stuck in a rut.  When you have loads of money, you can even dye your head orange and become the President of a nation, because money invariable means you have power status, education, well even if you didn’t possess these things, your money will blind that fact so it’s ok.

But mind you, while there are people overjoyed at getting extra cash, there are many who though filthy rich are still very depressed even though they have everything in life. But that’s beside the point.

To have money is to have power

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2The Origins of K draws back to ancient Greek script

Although the letter K is the eleventh letter of the modern English alphabet, The K has its origins in the Greek word for thousand which was Chilloi.

The Origins of K draws back to ancient Greek script

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3The French shortened the word

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 The French soon adopted the same word to denote as a thousand. This they converted into the Kilo taking the phonetic sound of CH and replacing it with a K. Thus a kilo began to denote a measurement of 1000. However it still wasn’t intended for the K to be used as a standalone symbol of the numerical 1000. It was used as a prefix to various standards of volume and measurement such as Kilo-grams, kilotons, kiloliters etc.

The person responsible for this is Antoine Lavoisier and his research group in 17895 who played around with the word Chilloi and officially created the term KILO. This was integrated officially into the French metric system in 1799.

The French shortened the word

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