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

• To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
• Subject: Re: Trivia - Where did the term Kip come from?
• From: KRALIK Georg -NUCLEAR <georg.kralik(--nospam--at)ontariopowergeneration.com>
• Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 08:21:19 -0500
• Cc: "'kamartin(--nospam--at)carollo.com'" <kamartin(--nospam--at)carollo.com>
```Kipp . . . You are right.  It has NOTHING to do with the metric system, and
it is also NOT a bastard combination.  It is an abbreviation and stands for
Kilo­Pound (i.e.  1000 lbs).  Kilo is a prefix for units (see McGraw-Hill,
Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 3rd Edition).  Kilo is used as
the 10^3 magnifier of the base unit, in this case "pounds".  Kilo is not a
metric term, as is evident in kilogram, meaning 1000 grams, or kilometer
meaning 1000 meters.

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From: "Kipp Martin" <KAMartin(--nospam--at)carollo.com
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To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <mailto:seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org> >
Subject: Re: Trivia - Where did the term Kip come from?

I sometimes wonder if, with a name like mine, my parents
preordained me to =
be a structural engineer.

Several people have written in saying that the term kip is a
bastard =
combination of metric and English units.  I'm not convinced
that the term =
"kilo" is necessarily strictly a metric term.  The term
'kip" for 1000 =
lbs. has been in use in this country for a very long time,
probably before =
most people even knew there was a metric system.  Other uses
of the term =
"kilo" support this. \$1 K for \$1000 has been around awhile.
The word =
"century" meaning 100 years probably comes form Latin.
years.  These terms were around before the SI system was
developed, but =
they use "metric" terms "centa" and "deca".  So is "kilo"
really a metric =
term?

Just a thought.

--Kipp A. Martin, P. E.
Portland, Oregon

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