A seafood vendor weighs shrimp at a market in Hong Kong.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How catty and tael entered the English language, along with picul, mace and candareen – Asian weight measurements

Measures of weight taken from Malay and Javanese and in wide use in East Asia were adopted by early European settlers and passed into English, giving the language caddy – a box for holding tea

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A seafood vendor weighs shrimp at a market in Hong Kong.
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