OT: we quaint Brits (was: those irregular prepositions)
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 23, 2006, 18:14|
Mark Reed wrote:
> Actually, weighing flour is not at all quaint. It's the more accurate
> method and preferred by professional chefs.
Yes, of course it's more accurate. But I was replying, I hoped
humorously, to the spate of humorous Brit-bashing that been going on in
the last two or three days; in particular, I was responding to:
> On 6/23/06, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:
>> Gary Shannon wrote:
>> > Ah, those Brits are an odd bunch, eh? It's obvious to
>> > any mathemetician that "half ten" is five. I suppose
>> > their cake recipes call for "a half and a cup of
>> > flour".
We've been accused of being quaint by saying "at the weekend", for example.
And you must admit that by far the majority of US recipes on the
Internet do measure in cups. Fortunately, my daughter brought us a set
of standard US measuring cups back from the States a few years ago - so
I the quantities don't bother me :)
"A mind which thinks at its own expense will always
interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760