Peter Bunclark scripsit: > Well would you Americans consider stopping calling them English Units? > It makes me cringe every time the Mars Climate Observer crash is blamed on > `English Units'.
You'd probably cringe if you went to an American restaurant for breakfast and heard the waiter ask the cook for "two toasted English". :-) > We call the British equivalent Imperial Units, implying > a definite historical context. Their proper name (in U.S. government publications and such) is "U.S. customary units". See http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._customary_units . > And teach our kids SI units. We teach SI units too, but most people forget them fairly quickly. There are also practical problems: "Retrofitting metric sized wallboard on old 16" spaced studs can be significantly difficult." -- All Norstrilians knew what laughter was: John Cowan it was "pleasurable corrigible malfunction". http://www.reutershealth.com --Cordwainer Smith, _Norstrilia_ [EMAIL PROTECTED]