Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 18:20:34 -0500
From: Charles F Juengling juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Re: metric or ...
On Wed, 4 Oct 1995, C.A. Hoornstra wrote:
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. ...
That's what the _World Book_ gives. Both my dual system wrench sets say
'metric and SAE' with no indication of what SAE means. However, I remember
when I was into fixing bikes, the response to 'gimme a wrench' was
always "standard or metric?" Both my wife and a neighbor confirm
'standard' but have never heard the other terms mentioned.
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.