Units of measure
This started out as a single page, but it became unwieldy so it has been
These pages are still under construction - several conversions between
units of measure etc., are still missing... We'll get there as
soon as we can.
Much may be determined about a language and a people by the way that things
are measured. Do you know what an acre
really is? Or a chain?
Browse around - hopefully you'll find it useful - and even interesting.
Metrication is still a touchy issue with many people - I won't go into
questions about whether or not we should go metric, but I will say that
in the UK, where we have gone metric, we have done so BADLY.
- Instead of selling truly metric measures (for example 0.5Kg of flour),
we have continued to sell imperial quantities, such as 1lb, and then label
them with their metric equivalent - 454g.
- We have had fabric and wood sold by the yard width and metre length.
- One British Standard measure of heat transmission through a wall is:
- One car instruction manual I saw instructed that the fan-belt be
tightened to give a play of under 1.9050038cm (a very exact interpretation
of 3/4") rather than under 2cm, which would surely have done.
- I have seen ceefax letters suggesting that decimal fractions were
inherently a part of the metric system and that common fractions were
No wonder some people find metrication confusing!
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