# why do we call it a ton?

Right so this is not very smart question but i am bored so here goes:

Imagine if we called it MEGAgram! now that'd sound better than ton to my ears.

so i am wondering why are we using ton in its stead.

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• Anonymous
9 months ago

derrived from tun referring to a large cask/capacity, which the largest was supposed to carry roughly around the same weight.

• 9 months ago

TON IS A WEIGHT UNIT USED IN OLD DAY BRITISH SYSTEM, AND NOW IS NO MORE USED IN WORLD EXCEPT IN USA.

GRAM IS ANOTHER WEIGHT UNIT FROM ANOTHER SYSTEM CALLED MATRIX, COMMONLY USES IN MOST COUNTRIES NOW.

• Zardoz
Lv 7
9 months ago

You're confusing a ton with a tonne. A tonne is a megagram. A ton is two thousand pounds.

Source(s): [n] = 10ⁿ
• Anonymous
9 months ago

If you are so bored why not do some research rather than expecting others to spoon feed you the answer. It would relive your boredom and you would learn more if you did the research.

A ton is an imperial measurement and not a metric one. A million grams is NOT the same as an imperial ton.

In the metric system you use megagram in SI Units. However, while favoured by science and the best one to use to ensure consistency the SI system is not THE metric system. There are others.

The term tonne can be used but if correctly applying the SI Units metric system you would use one megagram / 1 Mg which could also be written 1 x 10^6 g.

• Anonymous
9 months ago

Actually, it's tonne.

• Anonymous
9 months ago

What sounds strange to me is that a fundamental quantity, such as the kg in SI (International System of Units) is thousand times (k) another quantity such as the gram

• 9 months ago

TonNE. If you knew how to spell it.... You also don't seem to know the meaning of mega. It would not apply to a gram. They are contradictory terms.

• 9 months ago

We call it a ton because the English started calling it a ton in the 14th century.