the Schwarzschild Ulna (aeolian_harp) wrote in linguaphiles,
the Schwarzschild Ulna
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Units of measurement

I am wondering if there are any cultures/languages/dialects that tend to omit units of measurement in casual speaking when that unit is obvious.

For example, if I live in the United States and someone asks me how much my shirt costs, it should be sufficient for me to say "Twenty" because it should be obvious that I am referring to dollars; however, I, personally, and everyone else I know, always says "Twenty dollars" rather than just "twenty". When asked how much one weighs it seems more common to just say a number, but it is not uncommon to say "150 pounds" rather than simply "150".

I am curious as to why it is so incredibly common (in fact, the standard) to say the unit of measurement even when it should be so obvious what it is.
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