The word forb is derived from the Adala'ehkt for fist. It refers to a largely outdated unit of measurement defined as the width of a fist. As fists come in a variety of sizes, the measurement fell out of use soon after Gottswell Serrata’s invention of the more accurate and reliable iyurk system of measurement in 2798 DC. The one field in which the forb is still used is that of athletics. It never went out of use in Brunteling, and the creators of Endlet Ball adopted it in the hopes of giving their newborn sport an air of ancient tradition. Dedicated fans of these sports often refuse to use any other measurement, causing no end of irritation and inconvenience to their friends and relations. Of course, as these sports became more competitive, a standard length for the forb became necessary. Establishing one was one of the main goals of the first ADBC (All-Dakian Brunteling Convention). A committee of experts, players and referees voted to bestow the honor on Alk Viscotti, the foremost Brunteler of the time, and precise models of his fist were quickly made and distributed in all Brunteling nations. When Viscotti died, he bequeathed his position as Standard Forb to his third son. This caused quite an uproar in the Brunteling world because the 5-year-old’s hands were approximately half the size of his father’s. The confusion was finally resolved with an official decree stating that Viscotti had no right to appoint the next Standard Forb and that his death did not in fact remove him from the position, so everyone could simply continue using the models of his fist that they already had.
Kostrzewa 21:21, October 11, 2010 (UTC)