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Re: Accents

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(?) > for > 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. Tristan


Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>