Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 13:42:41 +0100
From: "C.A. Hoornstra" cah012[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]STUDENTS.STIR.AC.UK
Subject: Re: metric or ...
On Tue, 3 Oct 1995, Anton Sherwood wrote:
... what do you call the system of measurement that
americans use (i.e., the non-metric system). it seems to me i've
heard "english", but this isn't in my dictionaries. ...
It's called the Imperial System.
But, the American gallon is different from the British gallon. (There are
other measurements that also differ, like the ton - but I'm not sure of
Actually, the Imperial System is still more familiar than the metric
system is to some Brits. The UK has finally (within the last week) been
forced to discard the Imperial System and make a complete shift to the metric
system in order to be "compatible" with the EC. Many people (mostly the
older generations) feel that it will be a difficult task. For example,
although their speed limits are written using kph, the distances between
the cities, etc. have traditionally been measured in miles. Many butchers
and green grocers have had to buy new equipment and/or put up conversion
tables for themselves as well as their customers. It's just a matter of
getting used to, I suppose.