Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:31:22 -0400

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: 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.

It's an abbreviation of Italian _onza._ Plural is also _oz._