Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 10:44:49 -0500
From: Molly Dickmeyer dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JBLSMTP.PHL.LRPUB.COM
Subject: Re: candy bars and measurements -Reply
The inches/pounds/etc. system of measurement used in the US, and to
some extent elsewhere, is referred to, I think, as either the
"English" system (although while an inch is an inch, a pint in
England is not the same as a pint in the US) or simply as the
"common" or "conventional" system: it more or less grew rather than
being codified the way the metric system was. Of course, everything
is now done in metric terms: the official definition of the inch is
that it equals 25.4 millimeters.
Vicki--guess we crossed posts. See my previous post on "conventional"
and on "US-British" vs. "English".
(By the way, Britain will be officially converting to the metric
system on Sunday.)
By the way, didn't the US officially convert to the metric system
about 15 or 20 years ago? (I remember the hoopla when I was in
school). It just didn't take--will it be more likely to do so in
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