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On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 04:32:17PM +1100, Tristan Mc Leay wrote:
> Hectares and decibels are so rarely if ever used without those prefixes
> that I mostly forget they *are* normal metric prefixes+measurement,
> seeming more like tons* than kilograms (and in fact, decibel is often
> pronounced as one inseperable word, /des@b@l/).

That's the usual pronunciation here as well, but I don't think it's
relevant; "kilometer" gets the same treatment ([log in to unmask]@.tr=/), even
though we hear "meter" all the time.

-Marcos