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What is the meaning of K


#1

Hi friends!

I usualy see people in the forum using the sing K, talking like
25k. For the fist time, today, I start to see it in french
newspapers and I still don’t know what it is realy mean. Don’t
anyone could tell me what is the value of this expression.

Tanks a lot.

Guy Audette


#2

Dear Guy, “K” in Australia is shorthand for 1,000. Its origins are
probably to be found in the developing languages of "Computerese"
or “Geekinese”.


#3
I usualy see people in the forum using the sing K, talking like
25k. I still don't know what it is realy mean. 

G’day Guy: K is used in a jewellery context (particularly in
American publications) to denote the carat value of gold items.
They tend to spell it karat. Cheers,

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  / /           @John_Burgess2
 / /___| \       at sunny Nelson New Zealand
(______ )

#4

Karat or thousand. You should be able to tell by the context.
Sometimes though a k is just a k.


#5

Guy, Here in the US it’s commonly used as slang for “Thousand” , an
easier5 way of saying “Twentyfivethousand”,

T Goodwin


#6

Hi K or k can mean several things but in most cases implies
thousand. For example if your salary was 35k, that would be 35,000.
It is an abbreviation for kilo?

Bob B


#7
I usualy see people in the forum using the sing K, talking like
25k. For the fist time, today, I start to see it in french
newspapers and I still don't know what it is realy mean. Don't
anyone could tell me what is the value of this expression.

Hi Guy

The meaning of K is “Thousands” like 10 k means 10,000. It is used
extensively in the Engineering profession and is creeping into
other parts of the languages. It is internationally understood and
used unniversally.

                    ......Leo Doucet......Fredericton,NB.

Canada…


#8

The expression ‘K’ can stand for a couple of things. It could mean
Kelvin if used with a few numbers to denote a temperature (Kelvin
temps 3D Celsius temps + 273.16). More likely though is its use to
denote the value 1024 ( or in round numbers 1000). It’s been used
widely in computer industry for years & has gradually found it’s
way to other areas of use. 1k is based on the number 1 to the base
2. Each number in this scheme is twice as big as the previous,
hence it’s an ideal scheme to use for computers. The system works
like this, 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,512,1024, etc. Numbers million
(1,048, 576) & up to a billion are Giga (G). There are
abreviations for larger groups also, the next group is called Tera.

Dave


#9

Tanks all of you who gave me an unanimous answer: John, Bob, Leo
(merci), R. Caverly, Rex & Gabrielle, Tim and especially David who
managed all his knowledge to give me the most complete answer. I
think that you are a bunch of nice people. Vincent Guy Audette


#10

In terms of the jewellery trade the K stands for karat. Say 14
karat gold or 22 karat gold. It could also mean thousand, or kilo

Richard Whitehouse
UK

Email: riich@rw.clara.net


#11
I usualy see people in the forum using the sing K, talking like
25k. I still don't know what it is realy mean. 
G'day Guy:    K  is used in a jewellery context (particularly in
American publications) to denote the carat value of gold items.

Not just America, John. Mainland Europe too. In fact almost
everywhere! It’s just Britain and her colonies like us that stick
to carat (ct) for gold fineness as well as for gem weight. I agree
with use of karat (k) for gold alloys and carat (ct) for gem wt. I
think I’m the only one in colonial New Zealand, though!

'Course, we all know it’s very hard to mix 25k gold :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Brian
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#12

Kilo should be abbreviated as kg. (kilogramm) This is how it is
abbreviated in most of the countries where it is used. Gabriella


#13
 G'day Guy:    K  is used in a jewellery context (particularly
in American publications) to denote the carat value of gold
items. They tend to spell it karat. Cheers,       

Thank you John for your answer but I’m not talking about K for
carat. The context where I saw this K was about a salary. It was
wrote like this: The salary you will earn will be from 25 k to 40
k. could it be 1000?

Bye!

Vincent Guy Audette


#14
    Thank you John for your answer. The context where I saw this
K was about a salary. It       was wrote like this: The salary
you will earn will be from 25 k to 40k Could it be 1000? 

G’day Guy; Yes, 25,000 to 40,000 Sorry for the
misunderstanding. Cheers

    /\
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  / /           @John_Burgess2
 / /___| \       at sunny Nelson NZ
(______ )   Where the roads are clogged with export fruit trucks en

route to the Port.


#15

Vincent,

You are correct. It is a thousand. $25,000 - $40,000 US dollars.

Linda Crawford
Foggy in Willits, Northern California


#16
Karat or thousand.  You should be able to tell by the context. 
Sometimes though a k is just a k.

G’day: then again whilst a sigh is just a sigh, often a Kiss is
just a Kiss? (Givin’ me age away agin, init?) Cheers,

    /\
   / /
  / /           @John_Burgess2
 / /___| \       at sunny Nelson NZ with roads clogged with huge

fruit export
(______ ) trucks and trailers all making for the Port.