So if you were buying a bag of candy, or marbles, or those dental floss thingies, in the UK it would just say somewhere on the bag 25, or 50 or something? It wouldn’t say 50 items or some other indicator?
I’m looking at a package of nail files and container of toothpicks I bought in Mexico, and they say, respectively, 10 and 250 piezas, or pieces.
It seems in Mexico they use the word piece. In the US for some reason we use the word count. As in there is a count of 100 in this box.
Sure I guess if you think about it it may sound awkward-ish, but I guess like a lot of things in various countries, certain words came into use at a particular time, and it’s just continued as the norm.
I suppose if I was at a grocery store in London I’d find products packaged in either a different amount than I’m used to, or using some phrase or word on the package that might make me pause for a second. But I’d then figure that’s just how it came to be through long term use that’s been accepted by the general population.