Talk:cubic centiliter

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cubic centiliter[edit]

Zero occurrences in Google Books, COCA, or BNC. Michael Z. 2010-04-24 18:47 z

Sadly, it's attestable. As the entry notes, this is a stupid construction; what the hell is "l³" meant to mean? Cubic isn't just redundant, it's senseless. I doubt that NISOP applies here, so if, as I predict, we keep this, let's slap a proscriptive usage note on it.  — Raifʻhār Doremítzwr ~ (U · T · C) ~ 09:23, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
Oops; I would swear that I checked my spelling when I google-booked this. Michael Z. 2010-04-29 20:40 z
I added some warnings to the entry, but I still think that we should delete this one. Using this "unit" is such a blatant error that the speaker themself does not know what he/she means. How can we be sure that it actually means "one centiliter"? --Hekaheka 09:51, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
"How can we be sure that it actually means "one centiliter"?" Good point. I don't have an answer for that. Mglovesfun (talk) 22:35, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
I don't know if I agree that this is necessarily erroneous. "Cubic meter" means "meter cubed", but "cubic object" means "object in the shape of a cube". So "cubic centiliter" doesn't make sense as a unit, but it may make sense as a simultaneous description of size and shape. (That said, for the few hits I can find, I have a vague sense that they actually mean "cubic centimeter", i.e. "milliliter", and if so then they are indeed erroneous.) —RuakhTALK 01:08, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
Delete. In most of the cases the contexts suggests that the writer intended either cubic centimeter or milliliter. A formula verbalized in the context implies what the correct unit should be. Thus, we seem to have a rather rare faithful replication of a thinko. In the cases where there is a reference to a container, the usage would seem to be NISoP. DCDuring TALK 14:11, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
I must be a topology nerd. I saw this nomination and thought of a nine-dimensional unit.​—msh210 15:51, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
hypercube anyone? -- ALGRIF talk 16:41, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
Strong delete It's just a few people putting two words together that don't make sense together. It's not for us to guess what they were thinking. Why not pound weight or tall high? Facts707 12:03, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Deleted by another Opiaterein. Mglovesfun (talk) 08:24, 21 June 2010 (UTC)