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One Gross

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One Gross is a measurement equal to 144 of something (a dozen dozens). It is used at the present time and was not invented by J.R.R. Tolkien but one gross was the number of people invited to Bilbo's Birthday Party. However, when Bilbo Baggins called them thus, many were insulted as the term "gross" was not used properly on people (or hobbits).[1]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"