I'm not English and maybe this question could seem silly to you, but I'm watching a movie and there's this guy explaining how far is a place and he says: "past my house 4K that way" In this case K doesn't mean kilometers since then the guy then adds: "4 hours walk" I wonder what K means, thanks in advance for all the answers
I did not see the movie (name of it? if you could). But it appears to me the K is referring to distance. K is a unofficial shortening of klick .
klick ( a kilometer ) is commonly used by the US military, which uses the metric system almost exclusively in order to facilitate communication with allied forces. (In other English-speaking countries, civilians often say "k" or "k.m." instead.
i have seen Uber drivers use it in texts ... faster to type k than klicks: 'Im ~ 2k fm u".
A klick is the shortened form of the word kilometre or 1000 metres, used verbally. I used the same term when a serving soldier. Interestingly, in conversation people are more likely now to add the abbreviation “kay” (k), as in “We've got another two kays to go.
also 4 k is close to 3 miles. You are correct: walk at 3 mph would only take 1 hour.
I'm from Australia and if we were to say something was '4K past my house' it would mean four kilometres.
In almost any context involving distance, 4k means 4 kilometres.
The past my house part may be relevant - if they live 12k away, or it's very indirect to walk the journey, or they're not very fast over a long walk, four hours might not be improbable.