Monday, 10 August 2015

Kilo

Today's word is: "kilo" = kilo
The word “kilo” is a unit prefix of Greek origin used as Metric System and meaning 'a thousand'.


In Spanish, the noun kilo” is also commonly used as a shortening of the word “kilogramo” (kilogram or kilogramme), a unit of weight*, and used as in:
  • Un kilo de azúcar (a kilo of sugar)
  • Medio kilo de chuletas de cordero (half a kilo of lamb chops)


The noun kilo** was often used colloquially to refer to one million Pesetas.
  • Ese coche valía cuatro kilos (that car was worth four million Pesetas)


Notes
*The standard unit of weight is the “gramo” or gram (1 kilogram = 1000 grams)

** This meaning of the word kilo” relates to weight of 1,000,000 Pesetas, which, in 1000 Peseta notes, weighed roughly one kilo. Since the introduction of the Euro, it is now quite common to use the noun kilo” to refer to 6000 Euros (the rough equivalent of the old one million Pesetas)


Love-Spanish.com loves the word "kilo" in the YouTube clip: Orishas - El Kilo


For more on the word "kilo", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Kilo

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word kilo” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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