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Oshin,
Sorry, but the American Heritage Dictionary does not agree with you:

kip (kip) noun
A unit of weight equal to 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms).

[ki(lo)- + p(ound)1.]

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Ton
ton (tun) noun
Abbr. t., tn.

1.A unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds (0.907 metric ton or 907.18
kilograms). Also called net ton, short ton.
2.A unit of weight equal to 2,240 pounds (1.016 metric tons or 1,016.05
kilograms). Also called long ton.
3.A metric ton.
4.A unit of capacity for cargo in maritime shipping, normally estimated at
40 cubic feet.
5.A unit of internal capacity of a ship equal to 100 cubic feet.
6.A unit for measuring the displacement of ships, equal to 35 cubic feet,
and supposed to equal the volume taken by a long ton of seawater.
7.Informal. A very large quantity: tons of fan mail.


[Middle English tonne, a measure of weight. See tun.]

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Subject: Re: Trivia - Where did the term Kip come from?


Since Metric & Imperial units are arch enemies, I would disagree with every
one who said kip=killo pound.

I believe the K stands for 1000, hence 1000 pounds=1K Pounds.
To make the pronunciation more convenient, the "i" was added.
So, we say "kip" instead of "Kay Pee". :-)

Oshin Tosounian, S.E.