Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 09:40:32 -0500
From: Molly Dickmeyer dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JBLSMTP.PHL.LRPUB.COM
Subject: candy bars and measurements -Reply
measurement 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
thanks in advance, lynne
I've been looking for an elegant way of stating "non-metric" for
years--it comes up every time I need an author to confirm a metric
conversion (I have yet to figure out to what measurement system "two
finger breadths from the sternum" belongs). _Websters_ indicates
"U.S. equivalent" as opposed to metric. My _Dorland's Medical_ has
conversion tables that call it the "British-US system".
"Conventional" cannot be used (at least, with scientific precision)
because it is used in opposition to SI, or standard international
units--which is a whole 'nother ball game. I prefer to use the term
associated with the type of measurement. For example: in temperature,
it would be "Fahrenheit"; in weight, it would be apothecaries',
Avoirdupois, or Troy; in length or distance, there doesn't appear to
be an alternative other than "US or British".
But I'm always looking for some new alternatives!!
dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]phl.lrpub.com