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    Pedantic question about standardisation

    In England we usually and historically refer to 5 X 4 and not 4 X 5. Is 4 X 5 an Americanism? Does most of Europe say 5 X 4 or 4 X 5? However, I like the way they spell colour without the u in America. Do others have views about some of these pedantic differences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    In England we usually and historically refer to 5 X 4 and not 4 X 5. Is 4 X 5 an Americanism? Does most of Europe say 5 X 4 or 4 X 5? However, I like the way they spell colour without the u in America. Do others have views about some of these pedantic differences?
    As usual America bastardized the language.

    In theory we call a vertical, a 4x5 and a horizontal a 5x4.

    Although since most Americans are barely educated even with a college degree, we call an 8x10 (vertical) portrait format, and a 10x8, an 8x10 landscape format.

    So a horizontal 10x8 print is called 8x10 landscape even if it's a portrait.

    Although we do know that a car does not wear a boot or a bonnet and we correctly refer to them as a trunk and a hood.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    i always say 5x4 (5,4) it seems to roll off the tongue easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    As usual America bastardized the language.
    Actually Americans follow common sense spelling and the use of Latin based words; while the British prefer to use the more archaic "whilst", insert unpronounced letters in words, and use Anglo-Saxon four letter functionals instead of the more literate use of Latin root words. On the other hand Americans are not adverse to using Elizabethan past tense forms such as "thunk" for the past tense of think [drink, drank, drunk]. Both recently have taken to brutalizing the adverbs by hacking off the "-ly" and doing it quite badly.
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    Maybe it comes from the Printing Trade? I noticed that all the paper sizes in my US references are quoted with the shortest dimension first. This has no relation to the grain, which is indicated independently (either with an underline or the phrase "grain long" or "grain short").

    If this has any relation...

    What size is A4 paper?

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    Why not call a faucet a tap? It is a more simple name and have the USA ever thought about going metric? It makes more sense.

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    Ha....this is a tap in the States:
    http://img5.foodservicewarehouse.com...ndles-2483.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Why not call a faucet a tap? It is a more simple name and have the USA ever thought about going metric? It makes more sense.
    Because then we would have to admit someone else is right...

    Metric! Our money is metric, that's all that is needed. We tried going metric once. All that meant was having to own two sets of tools to work on one stupid car. And one very expensive Mars probe augering into the planet. We know how far a mile is. When we try to make it meteres we bump into things... Like the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    Maybe it comes from the Printing Trade? I noticed that all the paper sizes in my US references are quoted with the shortest dimension first. This has no relation to the grain, which is indicated independently (either with an underline or the phrase "grain long" or "grain short").

    If this has any relation...

    What size is A4 paper?
    210 × 297mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Why not call a faucet a tap? It is a more simple name and have the USA ever thought about going metric? It makes more sense.
    a faucet would be called a sillcock, but
    we don't use that expression anymore ...

    the only time to a tap is suggested to be a sillcock
    is in the word cocktail ...

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