Mrs. – Stands for Mistress, the opposite of Master, which is what a married woman would be called. In some American language traditions, the R is pronounced: Mizrez.

lb. – Pound. Comes from ancient Roman era in Britain: Libra Pondo: A pound by weight.

oz. – Ounce. Originated with the Roman Latin word uncia. In Italian the word became onza and shortened to Oz.

stat – Immediately. Heard on medical TV shows. It comes from the Latin word statium.


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