I do not agree and do not think we need a new name for the metric system in the US. The metric system is well known and becoming better understood every day. Kids learn the metric system not the decimal system, they may not use it much in the real world but they do know what it is. If this country ever gets serious about converting, a simple marketing program would have everyone talking metric in short order. They may not fully grasp it but they would know what it is. The decimal system could apply to many things, the metric system is the way we measure. It is understood worldwide. People don't talk about the system they measure in, they measure in feet, inches, meters, kilograms, etc. familiar terms in either system. Only those debating the merits of the systems call it the English system, WOMBAT, US Customary, Imperial (not really what we use vs. the old British system) or many of the other dozes of terms there are for the way we measure. There is only two terms for how the rest of the world measures, the more formal System International (SI) or the less formal Metric system. Why add more confusion by adding a new term, decimal system, that is purely colloquial. The point of SI and international standardization was that we will be talking the same language measurement wise and that one can count on that standard anywhere in the world. We don't need a new name. It would just give the anti-metric advocates something else to bite on to.
Howard R. Ressel Project Design Engineer NYSDOT -----Original Message----- From: USMA [mailto:usma-boun...@lists.colostate.edu] On Behalf Of c...@traditio.com Sent: Monday, April 09, 2018 12:46 PM To: USMA List Server <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [USMA 775] Re: Let's call it the Decimal System ATTENTION: This email came from an external source. Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown senders or unexpected emails. John Dunlop -- I like this idea very much. The real down side is that the term "metric" has become so established by now that it will be difficult to introduce the new terminology. --Martin Morrison _______________________________________________ USMA mailing list USMA@lists.colostate.edu https://lists.colostate.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usma _______________________________________________ USMA mailing list USMA@lists.colostate.edu https://lists.colostate.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usma