Today, the younger generation often use the word “ K ” instead of the symbol for money. For example, 200k = 200,000 VND, 20k = 20,000 VND … However, not everyone understands why “1k” is equal to 1,000? Along learn through this article.
In fact, the “K” after a certain number stands for kilo, a prefix written immediately before an international unit of measure to indicate multiples 10 ^ 3 or 1,000 times greater.
The prefix kilo means “thousand”, derived from the Greek language. In 1795, this prefix was adopted by the research group of the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier and by 1799 it was introduced into the metric system in France. For example, 1,000m = 1km.
Kilo multiples are also used in units of measurement other than kilograms, kilobytes …
In addition, the year 2000 was a terrible event with millions of computers around the world. Before that, for simplicity, a system programmer used only the last 2 digits to indicate the year. For example, 1999 is 99, 1900 is 00… But in 2000, the computer will understand that the year 2000 is 1900 because the last two numbers indicate the same year.
By now, computers using the year function (YEAR) will do all the wrong things and leave unpredictable consequences. So, in order to correct the above programming error, people launched a worldwide campaign to put the full 4 digits of the year into the computer. This 2000 event is known as the Y2K event (the 2000 incident).
Because of the above reasons, nowadays some people often use kilo multiples to denote units that are 1000 times less than each other or simply use the letter K instead of 3 0 (000).