# Short forms for pounds and ounces? [closed]

I have been using ' for pounds and " for ounces for quite a while now,but it was pointed out to me today that my pet cat weighs 6 feet 9 inches.(l wrote 6'9" to a vet). Are these acceptable abbreviations/short forms? And are those the descriptive words I want? Id est, is " a short form?Abbreviation? What would you call the use of punctuation as a representative mark for a measurement?

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• (Perhaps they're Canadianisms,eh? Like tuque and toboggan? ^·_~^ ) – Allie Canuck Nov 30 '16 at 13:45
• The abbreviated form of pounds and ounces are “lb” and “oz”. However, 6'9'' does mean 6 feet and 9 inches. For instance, think about TV and PC monitors for instance (24'' = 24 inches across). 6' is the size a fairly tall human. – MorganFR Nov 30 '16 at 13:45
• And an even taller cat. Thanks,Morgan. Of course,??could also mean part of his latitude and longitude – Allie Canuck Nov 30 '16 at 13:53
• Or a really tall cat who lives at 6'9" longitude or latitude,I suppose...Thanks,Morgan. – Allie Canuck Nov 30 '16 at 13:55
• It depends which system you are using (DMS: Degree Minutes Seconds or DD: Decimal Degrees). Since the notation for minutes and seconds is also 5'30" (for a stop watch for example) for 5 mins 30 seconds, using the DMS will also use ' and " in its notation. "Lat" and "Long" are the abbreviations for latitude and longitude, but the DMS system adds mins and secs in both Lat and Long. – MorganFR Nov 30 '16 at 14:01