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abreviation for barrel

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  1. tjcutter

    tjcutter TS Member

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    This is something I've wondered about many times. Why is the abreviation for barrel bbl when there is only one b in the word?
     
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  3. Harold

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    Okay, then, what's the abbreviation for a stainless steel barrel?:}

    By the way, I found this on Wikipedia

    "The "b" may have been doubled originally to indicate the plural (1 bl, 2 bbl), or possibly it was doubled to eliminate any confusion with bl as a symbol for the bale (see above). Some sources claim that "bbl" originated as a symbol for "blue barrels" delivered by Standard Oil in its early days; this is almost certainly incorrect because there are citations for the symbol at least as early as the late 1700s, long before Standard Oil was founded."
     
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