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OT: Rant about degres Celsius (was: introduction)

From:Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>
Date:Thursday, November 29, 2001, 12:02
On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Almaran Dungeonmaster wrote:

> The only exception I can think of is temperature: "graden Celcius" is > plural
Is `Celsius' not spelt with an `S'? (I'm assuming the spellings are the same in every language that uses the Latin alphabet.)
> with all forms, even when the number is equal to or less than one. > However, when expressing a difference in temperature, it is possible > to use the singuar form with all forms except integer numbers whose > absolute value is greater than one and with the number 0. A fee > examples:
Well, one can't tell whether it's `one degree Celsius' or `one degrees Celsius' in normal speech in English, but this is obviously a different matter... Does anyone know why degrees Celsius is such an irregular measurement? It's the only measurement capitalised, it's formed from two parts, it's the part of a limited group of (two) measurements (angle and degrees Celsius) that should be written with the symbol attached to it, it's obeys different rules in Dutch Grammar... Maybe we should just abandon degrees Celsius and convert to kelvin. So everything becomes higher, but what's wrong with the hectokelvin? After all, air pressure is commonly measured in hectopascals. Tristan War doesn't prove who's right, just who's left. - BSD Games' Fortune


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