Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 06:59:29 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: candy bars and measurements
a couple of questions for those with the inclination to respond:
i was a bit surprised to find that "candy bar" is not in any of my
american english dictionaries, since, for me, this is not entirely
compositional in meaning. candy bars are chocolate bars (or bars
involving chocolate at least on the outside, like a mars bar or a kit
kat). it would be weird (for me) to refer to a bar of licorice or
nougat or peanut brittle as a "candy bar." do others share this
intuition? or is a chocolate bar a prototypical candy bar, but
the others are still candy bars? (maybe my intuitions are fading.)
and is there any part of the u.s. in which "candy bar" is not used?
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. i think "imperial" refers to another
system altogether (isn't an imperial gallon different than a u.s.
gallon?). does the system even have a name?
thanks in advance,