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Old 13th February 2018, 05:52 PM   #401
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Originally Posted by Elagabalus View Post
Careful, ceptimus, you might find yourself a the pointy end of the ban hammer

from dreary old sods like these:

http://metricviews.org.uk/2017/09/pr...ric/#more-6028

http://metricviews.org.uk/2017/09/a-...r-us-audience/

http://metricviews.org.uk/2010/01/wh...les-linger-on/
"Mitre" and "Litre" are goofy, not even the Brits pronounce it like that, they pronounce it "meter" and "liter".
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Old 13th February 2018, 09:13 PM   #402
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Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
"Mitre" and "Litre" are goofy, not even the Brits pronounce it like that, they pronounce it "meter" and "liter".

Sure, but they never could spell for warm spit.

Look at the way they stick all those superfluous "u"s where there's no good reason to put them.

Total waste of ink and pixels.
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Old 14th February 2018, 05:16 AM   #403
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But the average work day would only be 3.33 hours long.

Think of the support for that.
And there would still be fierce resistance by employers to raising the hourly wages of people.....
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Old 14th February 2018, 10:01 AM   #404
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Yeah, like USA spelling is consistent. You kept the 'u' yourselves for the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and I don't see you rushing to remove it from words like tongue, cough, bough, borough, through, brought...

Anyway, English vs. American should be tabled for discussion. See what I did there? In Britain when we table something for discussion we meant that we want to discuss it - it should be 'on the table'; Americans mean the opposite - they want it 'off the table' at least for the time being... Anyway, if it is on the table, it should be in its own thread.
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Old 14th February 2018, 10:09 AM   #405
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"Mitre" and "Litre" are goofy, not even the Brits pronounce it like that, they pronounce it "meter" and "liter".
It's not mitre - that's a joint in woodworking or a bishop's hat. We do use 'metre' for the unit of length.

It's kind of useful in the same way that the their/there spelling is useful as we still use 'meter' for instruments. So we can have a gas meter that measures the flow of gas in cubic metres. The same doesn't apply to litres as "liter" in British English doesn't mean anything other than, "That's the way Americans spell litre."

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Old 14th February 2018, 10:50 AM   #406
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
It's not mitre - that's a joint in woodworking or a bishop's hat. We do use 'metre' for the unit of length.

It's kind of useful in the same way that the their/there spelling is useful as we still use 'meter' for instruments. So we can have a gas meter that measures the flow of gas in cubic metres. The same doesn't apply to litres as "liter" in British English doesn't mean anything other than, "That's the way Americans spell litre."
Yes, but then one of my favorite "The Far Side" cartoons wouldn't have worked. It was captioned "Converting feet to meters" and showed a counter where somebody was exchanging a bunch of human feet for some sort of meter (analog, with a needle and scale).
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
Yeah, like USA spelling is consistent. You kept the 'u' yourselves for the Space Shuttle Endeavour,

We just did that to try and make you Limeys feel a little bit better. No surprise that there are some ingrates.

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and I don't see you rushing to remove it from words like tongue, cough, bough, borough, through, brought...

Those are useful "u"s.

Left to your own devices, though, I wouldn't be surprised if you tried to spell them I]tonguue, couugh, bouugh, borouugh, throuugh, brouught...[/i].

Although I expect the Commonwealth shortage of "u"s you have to be suffering from due to the scandalously profligate waste you already engage in has stifled such extremes.

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[/i]Anyway, English vs. American should be tabled for discussion. See what I did there? In Britain when we table something for discussion we meant that we want to discuss it - it should be 'on the table'; Americans mean the opposite - they want it 'off the table' at least for the time being... Anyway, if it is on the table, it should be in its own thread.

"Two countries separated by a common language.", as they say.
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Yes, but then one of my favorite "The Far Side" cartoons wouldn't have worked. It was captioned "Converting feet to meters" and showed a counter where somebody was exchanging a bunch of human feet for some sort of meter (analog, with a needle and scale).

It still wouldn't have worked.
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