Do You Know Why “K” Stands For Thousand?

  • 5:43 pm March 28, 2018
  • mahi

This is really interesting to know...

Generally, instead of writing zero’s to make a thousand we prefer to write K. Do really know the reason behind? Have you ever wondered that why K means thousand? Stay tuned with us and read to know the reason behind. I am sure this will surely shock you!

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Origin of Letter K

The story behind abbreviated K started from the word ‘Chilioi’, a Greek word which means thousand. So, Greeks often use chilioi in place of a thousand. The origin does not just end here. There are some more relevant facts behind from the history.

A Verse In Bible

Some also related letter K to a verse in Bible, Revelation 20:2-6 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a THOUSAND years.”…

But, since Bible has been translated several times, its actual language is really lost. Such numerous translations have changed the meaning of thousand in the Modern English version, and now it actually refers to an uncertain amount of time.

History of Letter K

Later, French took this word in a more meaningful way and found a more related and shortened word to replace thousand with, which was ‘Kilo’. Then, few more new words came into existence like Kilogram, Kiloliter, Kilotonne and etc.

K In Place of Thousand

With this, people around the world abbreviated Kiloliter as 1000 liters and this way the word K got its recognition. This soon also passed into the avenues of economic lingo, and thus the transition of $435,000 became $435K.

So, basically how it started with a Greek word ‘Chilioi’, translated in between to ‘Kilo’ in French dictionary finally ended up with the shortest letter ‘K’.

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