Re: Things that annoy you!
Originally Posted by
Pug
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The constant references to meters and kilometres on tv.
It's become standard suddenly, to talk about cliffs that are ''212
meters high'',or doing a parachute jump from 8,000
meters...ffs,we're an imperial country, with chains,perches,furlongs,acres,rods,pounds,ounces,T WELVE months in a year and TWELVE days of Christmas. GRRRRR!
Actually, we're officially SI.
I'm old enough to have been taught the Imperial system of units, then CGS, MKS, and SI. (Système international).
It is much simpler than Imperial. You mention the unit of length, the metre. That's the only unit. Yes, we have
multiples of it. Not different units. Not yards, feet, inches, links, chains, furlongs, leagues, nautical miles, cubits.......etc..
Then in my field, electrical engineering, there are no Imperial units for Amps, Volts, Ohms, just SI.
There are only two countries in the world that are not officially SI. Myanmar (was Burma), and USA. I correspond quite a lot with US people in the electrical field and many are convinced that they will eventually GO the SI route. Makes international trade simpler.