|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 6:34|
>Why is it that other countries have so much trouble converting? (Okay,
>people will give people's heights in feet and inches in Oz, but
A good many years back, when there was a brief flurry of interest in
convering to metric in the US, signs appeared on parts of the Interstate
highway system with both miles and kms. They have vanished. The only
possible remainder is some odd distances still given on some signs-- "Next
exit, 1-1/4 mi." which I suppose someday will become "2 km."
>Incidentally, the Italians use "etto" (< hecto-) for 100g, which I
>imagine comes in handy when at, say, the butcher...
Indonesia, obviously borrowed from Dutch, had "ons" (ounce) for 100g.
ObConlang: The Kash "kilogram" (cipem) is about 3 lbs. US, but they too
have "kos ~kosi" for a 100 pem measure (approx. 5 oz.). Sheer coincidence.