Mega and Giga Aren't Metric Units

Subject: Mega and Giga Aren't Metric Units
From: Joe Miller <joemiller -at- CANBERRA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 09:15:33 -0400

Matt Ion wrote:

>>In general, metric units are never capitalized unless they are derived
>>proper names.
>Just out of curiosity, what about Mega and Giga?


The terms mega and giga aren't metric units, they're prefixes denoting the
order of magnitude. Hz and C (for Hertz and Celsius, both proper names) or
m and s (for meter and second, not proper names) are metric units.

joemiller -at- canberra -dot- com

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