Arnold Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Jan 4 01:00:40 UTC 2001

many newspapers use k for 'thousand' in reporting dollar figures
(salaries, real estate offers/sales, etc.) in headlines.  the
corresponding shortcut for 'million' is of course m.

this has been around for some time - exactly how long i don't
know - and has been adopted in other abbreviated written contexts,
and then into speech as well ("they're offering us 250k!").

arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)

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