Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 13:49:24 -0600 (CST)
Name: Michael
Who is asking: Student
Level: Middle

My daughter asked the question, that I don't know the answer to.

In Y2K, the "K" stands for thousand, but where did the "K" come from? I know it's not a Roman Numeral, but what is it??

Hi Mike,

It comes from the Greek word for 1000: chilioi or "chilioi". The french used this word for thousand and spelled it kilo. You see it these days as a prefix for metric units such as kilogram (= 1000 grams) and kilometre (= 1000 metres)
   You need to be careful in using the letter K to stand for 1000 as the computer industry sometimes uses K to mean 210 which is 1024.

Chris and Harley


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