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    Quote Originally Posted by ambaker View Post
    Because then we would have to admit someone else is right...

    Metric! Our money is metric, that's all that is needed.
    Our money isn't metric- it's decimal.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    In architectural drafting, US, a window specified at 4.0 3.0 is four feet wide by three feet high.
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    In Italy I would say that the shorter dimension is always given first.
    135 is 24 x 36.
    120 roll film can be framed in 4,5x6, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9.
    Never heard "nove per sei" or "sette per sei".
    4,5x6 is always pronounced "quattroemmezzosei" with one word.

    A4 is 21 x 29,7 cm etc.

    Building conventions are certainly different as a window cannot be rotated like a piece of paper.

    I don't see how or when non-metric measures can be more practical than metric measures. They both are entirely conventional, but the metric convention has the obvious advantage of being decimal. If a window weights 32 kilograms, a container with 1000 windows will weight 32 metric tons.

    If your gas station reservoir needs to satisfy 2000 clients for a 40 litres average refill before refilling the reservoir, it needs to have a volume of 80 cubic metres. That's let's say 2 metres high for 4x5 metres of base. Fast and easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    it needs to have a volume of 80 cubic metres. That's let's say 2 metres high for 4x5 metres of base. Fast and easy.
    Fast, easy and wrong!

    4x5x2 = 40


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    "We are two country s separated by a common language", for example I once found out to my cost that to " knock someone up" which in the U.K.means to wake somebody up by knocking on their door or window which originated in the Lancashire mill towns where the mills employed " knockerupers" who used a long pole to tap on the mill workers windows to wake them in the morning for the early shift means something completely different in the U.S, I found this out once when in a pub I offered to "knock up" an American friends wife on my way to work the next morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    We do. All of our road signs are in yards and miles. People of my age are happy using both systems. I use metric for engineering and imperial for house building.

    (English capitalised as it should be),



    In my opinion, it's the long dimension first. The same as specifying x then y on a graph.



    As ever, because we are right and you are wrong! What you refer to as fries are probably not real French fries as they are traditionally fried twice.



    Litre.



    Why do Americans refer to 1/4 as a fourth but refer to a 25 cent coin as a quarter? And whilst I'm thinking about coinage, why do you use the English penny to describe a one cent coin?



    That one is really annoying (not real annoying as Americans say!). It is not possible to own an adjective.


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    When I read this I mentally "pronounced" it as "refer to a quarter as a fourth..." then was briefly confused. 1/4 may be called a quarter or a fourth. Some of this is age dependent. I am more likely to call it a quarter and my wife, who is enough younger to have newer speech patterns, is more likely to say "a fourth."

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    Just let things be. I think world standardization is imperialism. The world is becoming too much the same with Starbucks, Walmart and McDonalds expanding like the creeping crud. Let each country have their own quirks in language. Quirks aside, some standards are logical like how the date is expressed and the metric system.

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    It's very simple. The American language is a corruption, or bastardisation, of the original English. Add to this the fact that too many Americans are illiterate and what do you expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    Just let things be. I think world standardization is imperialism. The world is becoming too much the same with Starbucks, Walmart and McDonalds expanding like the creeping crud. Let each country have their own quirks in language. Quirks aside, some standards are logical like how the date is expressed and the metric system.
    But it doesn't help if two or more countries are building a space rocket as a joint venture and using different measurement systems.

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    For a long time it bugged me about all the differences between America's use of language, measuring and so on and England's use of language. Now I like to see what we share in common rather than pick out our differences.

    For us in England we drive on the left, most of the rest of the world drives on the right. We use the metric system of measurement (which is more logical) but we still use miles and gallons for our cars. Standardisation would be nice but it makes the world an interesting place to live.
    Vive la difference.



 

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