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Roman Empire

What is the length of a foot based on?


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September 01, 2010 4:30PM

The term "Foot" came when someone measured a standard mans foot. Though it was said it was a king's foot, some feet are smaller or larger than then 12 inches. The term "inch" came from the Latin word uncio. The word uncio means, 1/12. And an inch is 1/12 of a foot. "Yard" came from middle English word meaning "rod or staff; yard measure". It is said that it was measured from a man's neck to his finger tips.