On Monday, 9 April 2018 16.25.52 EDT Peter Goodyear wrote: > Hi, everyone, > > Calling the SI measurement system “the decimal system” would help to > distinguish it from all the other uses of “metric system” used in business, > sports and elsewhere for grading, ranking and scoring performance or worth > of individuals, companies, sports teams and so on.
This is the difference between "metric" as an adjective, as a noun without an article, and as a count noun. "Metric" as an adjective means "having the meter as a base unit" (or the centimeter, if you're talking about CGS). "Metric" as a noun without an article is short for "the metric system": "What's that in metric?". "Metric" as a count noun (i.e. a metric, or metrics) means "a way of computing a number to measure something". So the BMI is a metric metric, i.e. a way of computing a number to measure obesity using two base units, one of which is the meter. The "metric system" you're talking about would be better worded as "system of metrics" to avoid confusion with SI. Pierre -- ve ka'a ro klaji la .romas. se jmaji _______________________________________________ USMA mailing list USMA@lists.colostate.edu https://lists.colostate.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usma