December 22, 2011

NOR WILL THEY EVER SPEAK ESPERANTO:

Will British people ever think in metric? (Jon Kelly, 12/21/11, BBC News Magazine)

It is 200 years since Napoleon backtracked on his grand scheme to make his empire metric, but today the British remain unique in Europe by holding onto imperial weights and measures. With the UK's relationship with its neighbours under scrutiny, can it ever adopt the metric mindset?

It's an existential question that reveals much about how you make sense of the world. Is your ballpoint pen 6in long or 15cm?

Do you buy petrol by the gallon or the litre? Cheese by the ounce or the gram? And just how far is Dover from Calais - 21 miles or 34km?

Call it a proud expression of national identity or a stubborn refusal to engage with the neighbours. Either way, the persistent British preference for imperial over metric is particularly noteworthy at a time when its links with Europe are under greater scrutiny than ever.

Anti-rationalist peoples will never adopt Rationalist measures.

Posted by at December 22, 2011 6:17 AM
  

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