l vs 1 : Common Errors in English

About l vs 1

People who learned to type in the pre-computer era sometimes type a lower-case letter “l” when they need a number “1.” Depending on the font being used, these may look interchangeable, but there are usually subtle differences between the two. For instance, the top of a letter l is usually flat, whereas the top of a number 1 often slopes down to the left. If your writing is to be reproduced electronically or in print, it’s important to hit that number key at the top left of your keyboard to produce a true number 1.

l Meaning(s)

  • (n) a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)
  • (n) the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
  • (n) a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
  • (n) the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet
  • (s) being ten more than forty

1 Meaning(s)

  • (n) (slang) a neighborhood

l in News

  1. L'Abbe hoping to go out the way she came in

    If St. Mary's senior pitcher Brooke L'Abbe has her way, she'll end her softball career the same way she started it -- with a Division 3 state title. L'Abbe was a freshman when the Spartans defeated Murdock for the state title.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Daily Item

  2. Int'l Court Case Against Ex-Pope Fizzles

    Int'l criminal court says no to victims seeking investigation of ex-pope over clergy abuse        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. L'Union Francaise presents awards to top French students in New Orleans area

    L’Union Française also conducts adult conversation classes in French at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at 4522 Prytania, New Orleans
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

1 in News

  1. $1.6 million owed to Jeannette in taxes; unpaid bills go back to 2005

    By Richard Gazarik, Tribune-Review Ten property owners in Jeannette owe more than $1.6 million in unpaid real estate taxes to the city, school district and Westmoreland County, according to ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  2. Police: 1 Dead, 7 Hurt in 2nd La. Plant Blast

    Police: 1 dead, 7 others injured in 2nd Louisiana chemical plant explosion in 2 days        
    on June 15, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. $1.5M from FEMA helps Maine with blizzard costs

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help costs due to the blizzard from Feb. 8-9.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

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