|From:||Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 3:49|
On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, jogloran wrote:
> 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
> that's the
> only thing left, really.) I've heard tell that the Dutch use pfund(?)
> half a kilo...
> For half a kilo? Odd approximation... And does Dutch have
> affricate /pf/?
Didn't we just establish that a pound was 454 g? Sounds like a nice
approximation to me.
> Incidentally, the Italians use "etto" (< hecto-) for 100g, which I
> imagine comes in handy when at, say, the butcher...
Yeah, it would be nice if hecto- was used in more than just hectare. Which
isn't even hecto-, it's just a word derived from it. And at least we use
`kilo' /ki:l8u/ for 1 000 kg.