Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 13:15:55 -0700

From: Peter Richardson prichard[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU

Subject: ounce(s)

Does anyone have a cogent explanation for the _z_ in the abbreviation of

_ounce_? Derivation from Lat. uncia via MEng. unce doesn't shed much light

on the issue. And, my daughter asks, is the plural of the abbreviation

_oz._ or _ozs._? (I can't remember ever seeing the latter.)


Peter Richardson