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post Sep 25 2017, 06:51 AM
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I guess most people here have grown up with it, but is there anyone else here who, like me, went to school before it was routinely taught in preference to the imperial system?

I use the metric system because I have to, but I still mentally convert to imperial measures on order to actually visualise quantities I am buying. smile.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 07:27 AM
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How old are you? At secondary school (in the 1970s) we used exclusively metric measurements in chemistry, physics etc.
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post Sep 25 2017, 08:01 AM
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How old are you?


Check my profile - the info there is correct (unlike some). wink.gif

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At secondary school (in the 1970s) we used exclusively metric measurements in chemistry, physics etc.


Same here - but you learned about measuring systems long before secondary school.

I started at infant school after Easter 1970 and, AIUI, I was amongst the last intake who were taught the imperial system ahead of metric. But in any case, my parents were born before WW2 and therefore imperial measurements were all I heard at home.
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post Sep 25 2017, 08:35 AM
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Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE(SouthsideSpinner @ Sep 25 2017, 09:35 AM) *
Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif


As long as they're careful with their Mars probes... laugh.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:10 AM
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The imperial system is still a foreign language to me. Metric>>>
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:30 AM
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I had a whole mix of metric and imperial in my life growing up and I just... adapted. Miles to km is the next step up the Fibonacci sequence, pounds to kilograms is a little less than half the number and everything is so much easier once you get it into metric.
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post Sep 25 2017, 12:07 PM
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I, like basically everyone else here have grown up in a almost entirely metric world with the necessary imperial additions for height, weight & miles. Plus being able to convert old weights into grams for when older people buy at deli counters. ½ lb = 227g, 1 lb = 454g. The number of times you had to ask if it was a pound in weight or money!

I’d be happy to see us go all the way and do the last few conversions. We’re the only place that runs both and it’s just f***ing awkward for no reason. Let’s just leave the yanks to it
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post Sep 25 2017, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE(SouthsideSpinner @ Sep 25 2017, 09:35 AM) *
Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif

That's the only reason we have been so slow to adapt.
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post Sep 25 2017, 04:50 PM
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I've always used miles and tend to use imperial for weight. Everything else has always been metric to me.
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post Sep 25 2017, 07:34 PM
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I do driving distances in miles and know my height in feet and inches, and I imagine everyone else my age is the same. I remember my mum would give directions in yards, use ounces in cooking and measure human weight in stone and I don't see the need to familiarise myself with any of that.
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post Feb 14 2018, 07:28 AM
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I wonder if Brexit will change the numbers of shops displaying their goods in both imperial & metric measurements?

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post Feb 14 2018, 08:13 AM
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Why would it? There was nothing stopping them using both measurements before, just that it's easier to just use one and the one people have learnt at school for the past so many years (metric).
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post Feb 14 2018, 08:31 AM
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QUOTE(danG @ Feb 14 2018, 08:13 AM) *
Why would it? There was nothing stopping them using both measurements before, just that it's easier to just use one and the one people have learnt at school for the past so many years (metric).


Perhaps this might explain some traders reticence...

http://www.metric.org.uk/myths/consumer-protection
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post Feb 14 2018, 08:50 AM
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How many people actually buy fruit and veg by weight anyway? Surely most people by, for example, six apples or a bunch of bananas. Similarly, they buy four lamb chops or half-a-dozen sausages. The only meat I buy from the butcher's by weight is mince.
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post Feb 14 2018, 09:54 AM
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I think tomatoes, berries, potatoes, nuts, grapes, dates, spinach etc people buy mostly based on weight tongue.gif “Hello can I have 27 potatoes, 18 strawberries, and 34 baby spinach leaves please?”

I find the imperial system dated and isn’t as easily accessible for people (mainly those who didn’t grow up learning it, of course) as the metric system. Height is the only thing I’d used imperial for, even distance & weight I use metric
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post Feb 14 2018, 09:59 AM
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QUOTE(Dexton @ Feb 14 2018, 09:54 AM) *
I think tomatoes, berries, potatoes, nuts, grapes, dates, spinach etc people buy mostly based on weight tongue.gif “Hello can I have 27 potatoes, 18 strawberries, and 34 baby spinach leaves please?”

I find the imperial system dated and isn’t as easily accessible for people (mainly those who didn’t grow up learning it, of course) as the metric system. Height is the only thing I’d used imperial for, even distance & weight I use metric


If someone said they were 6ft tall, I could immediately visualise that, but if they said 183cm I could not.
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post Feb 14 2018, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Feb 14 2018, 08:31 AM) *
Perhaps this might explain some traders reticence...

http://www.metric.org.uk/myths/consumer-protection


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In 2000, it became a legal requirement to weigh and measure loose goods in metric and to provide metric price labelling. Thus every fishmonger, butcher or greengrocer should use metric weighing machines and provide a metric unit price.

Additionally, it is permitted to show an equivalent ‘supplementary indication’ in imperial providing it is no more prominent than the metric price. Supplementary indications were supposed to be phased by the end of 2009 under the units of measurement Directive 80/181/EEC.

In September 2007, the European Commission proposed authorising the use of supplementary indications indefinitely which was subsequently adopted and the Directive revised accordingly. This was widely reported as a return to imperial.

The reality is that there is no change. UK law still requires the use of metric measurement and pricing. Weighing machines that use pounds and ounces remain illegal as is imperial-only pricing.


so, like I thought, there is no rule banning people from displaying numbers in both measurements, just that they cannot only display imperial or use imperial weighing machines. (unless they did phase out when they were supposed to, idk)

the truth is that the metric system is far easier to use and is a standard so most shops don't bother with providing imperial measurements alongside metric.
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post Feb 14 2018, 11:29 AM
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At weightwatchers we still measure weight loss in pounds and stones. I think I prefer it that way to be honest.

I can’t even see them moving to kilograms.
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