Ray Dunakin said:
Hans-Joerg Mueller said:
It's not French? Who's evil conspiracy is it? ;)
...those who still believe that the Metric system is an evil French conspiracy...
In the late 18th century, Louis XVI of France charged a group of savants to develop a unified, natural and universal system of measurement to replace the disparate systems then in use. This group, which included such notables as Lavoisier, produced the metric system, which was then adopted by the revolutionary government of France.
The first famous artefact built to metric standards was the guillotine in the Place de la Concorde used to remove the offending monarch’s upper bodywork.
Me, I like the metric system, it’s simple and because it moves in steps of ten, even easier to use for calculations.
Should there ever be an doubt that it really DOES need planetary adoption and for those of you who did not grow up with the imperial system, try this lot -
One Farthing coin = 1/4 penny
One halfpenny coin = half a penny
Threepence piece coin = three pennies
Sixpence coin = six pennies
One Shilling coin = twelve pennies
Two shilling coin
Ten shilling note
One pound note
Five pound note
Common-user weights -
1 ounce [oz]
16 ounces = 1 pound [lb]
14 pounds = one stone
112 pounds = one hundredweight ]cwt]
20 cwt = 1 ton [2240 lbs]
Common use measurements -
1 inch [ sub-divided into as many even-number fractions as you care to name, from quarters to thousandths or even millionths]
12 inches = 1 foot
3 feet = 1 yard
220 yards = one furlong
1760 yards/5280 feet = 1 statute mile
6080 feet = 1 nautical mile
4840 sq yards = 1 acre [this figure does not have a simple figure square root = 69 feet 6 and one sixteenth inches times itself does not seem very rational to me]
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
Angular measurement -
60 seconds = 1 minute
60 minutes = 1 degree
On top of that we then have -
Haberdasher’s measurements…and more.
Note that these systems were commonplace in UK, the Dominions, and in much of the USA, who went their own way and adopted adifferent gallon volume. In UK, apart from liquids, only sea-food [shellfish/crustaceans] was sold by volume, whereas in the US and rural Canada the quart and gallon are used for selling solids such as ice-cream and fruit - wood for stoves is still measured and sold by the cord in our part of Canada - here in UK it is measured by the truck-load for those rich enough to be able to use it as a source of fuel.
Most of Europe, and Scandinavia had similar systems in place, and most of the present-day English words are derived from the Old Norse and Old Scandinavian words, as well as Old English/Anglo-Saxon.
I grew up with all this imperial stuff, so I am VERY grateful for a rational system, regardless who invented it…