What was the reasoning behind reinventing denominations instead of using the standard metric prefixes for ETH?

10^(-18) ETH = 1 aETH ("attoETH", not "wei")
10^(-9) ETH = 1 nETH ("nanoETH", not "Gwei", definitely not "shannon")
10^(-3) ETH = 1 mETH ("milliETH", not "Pwei", definitely not "finney"!)


The wei is named after Wei Dai, best known as the creator of the bitcoin predecessor "b-money" and as the developer of the Crypto++ library.

These units names are defined in the Ethereum whitepaper.

Sources : https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/issues/33 https://www.investopedia.com/terms/w/wei.asp

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