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I work for an American company (I’m in the UK), the misspelt words, the incorrect pronunciations (aluminIUm), the changes to our words, the inches, the miles, the lbs, the US gallons, I can deal with it all.

But for the love of all that is good in this world STOP USING FAHRENHEIT!!!

You guys are literally the only country in the world that uses it. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT!

“It’s 100 degrees today” NO IT ISN’T BECAUSE THE WATER IN THE AIR ISN’T BOILING!

😁

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@kev
Agreed! It's ridiculous. Like using the metric system but still having most of your road signs in MPH. Who would do such a thing? 😉

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@ScottMortimer I have no idea what you’re talking about! 👀

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@ScottMortimer and actually, it’s ALL of our road signs! 😁

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@ScottMortimer @kev Or even worse, using the metric system but telling people your weight in "stone."

You guys are literally the only country in the world that uses it. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! 😆

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@ScottMortimer @AppleStrudelMan you guys got me there. I have no clue what that is all about! 🤣🤣

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@kev
American date format is even worse. Totally illogical

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@simon I’m not going near that can of worms!

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@simon ISO 8601 makes the most sense to me. @kev

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@kev

> incorrect pronunciations (aluminIUm)

Oddly enough, the American/Canadian spelling of "aluminum" is actually the one that the (British) discoverer of the element picked.

But the other British scientists decided they didn't think it sounded Latin enough, and mucked it up :D

grammarphobia.com/blog/2008/06

(I won't go on about how much better Fahrenheit is as a human-centric measure of temperature; we've covered that ground before)

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@codesections @kev

Hey, it would be nice if the whole planet used the same units of measurement.

It would be confusing for most Americans, and now, might not be the time to melt to many people's minds with that kind of change. I'd be happy if we could simple stay on day light savings, and quit mucking around with the clocks.

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@kev Hey! You created this monster!

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@kev I wonder how many actually knows what farenheit is based on! It's not very logical imho... lol

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@kev As I a Scientist, Fahrenheit makes no sense and is a waste of time.haha.
I mean Celsius is logical and beautiful, water freezes at 0°C and boils at a 100°C. There's your scale, according to the compound most important to life on a planet filled with...life.

Have you even seen the equation to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius? Fucked up.haha

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@kev my _only_ comment in the defense of Fahrenheit is that degrees F measure a smaller, but still perceptible, delta. As I understand it (could be totally wrong here), digital temp controls that display in C offer half-degree increments for this reason.

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@nhr I was obviously being flippant, but every digital thermometer I’ve ever used is to 1 decimal place. That’s a pretty small measure. I suppose that the beauty of the metric system - if you want to go into small denominations, just add more decimal places.

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Hey @kev, please don't start another world war. 😅

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@kev
I've literally heard some of my fellow Americans refer to the metric system as "tyrannical". I can't even....

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@mike @kev Haha, but how?!

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@mike @kev these would be the same kind of people who started calling them "freedom fries" I presume...

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@mike @kev That's pretty funny considering that the US officially adopted the metric system in the 19th century.

And most Americans use metric to measure medicine, engine displacements, electricity, radio frequencies and a bunch of other things.

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@mike @kev I was so bummed when 2000 came and went without us converting to the metric system like they told us we would when I was in grade school. We're idiots. And so is the rest of the world for putting up with that.

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@mike @kev I mean, it’s based on 10!

@mike @kev adopting the metric system, inch by inch 😉?

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@mike
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@kev

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@kev
I laughed a lot. I've been battling to have them understand that they won't be able to find contractors for every position available in their Belgian office...they just keep ignoring my advice and moving forward with the idea.

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@kev
You had me searching the web. I had no idea that the English gallon was different than the US gallon. Apparently we use the 'wine' Gallon and the UK uses the 'ale' gallon. It's weird that back in the 1700s there were different measurements for different things using the same words.

Fahrenheit vs Celcius

The main difference between the 2 is that F is used to measure air temp more precisely while C is a more accurate description of water temp. (continued)

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@kev
So when you are talking about weather it is actually more precise to use the F scale rather than the C scale. In the end, I doubt that it really matters too much, but there it is.

Aluminum is a direct relation to the French and Latin word for the element, while Aluminium was created to harmonize the sound of the word with other periodic elements. Either is proper, though aluminum is more true etymologically.

Etymology rocks.

~fin~

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@herag yep, I have fish tanks and a lot of the communities in a part of for that hobbie is very US centric, so many people talk in US gal when they’re talking about tank size.

That’s easy though, as it’s pretty much 4 us gal to 1 litre (I think it’s 3.8 IIRC).

To convert F to C though, you need to be a mathematician! 🤣

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@kev
Yes, 3.8 liters per gallon. I first learned that because urinals all say '1 gallon flush (3.8 l)'

I don't know about the UK, but in the US we learn the conversion for F to C in 5th grade. By 8th grade you are generally expected to be able to roughly calculate it in your head. At least if you went to private school...

Oh there's another one! Public vs Private schools in the 2 countries. Is it true that Private schools in the UK are publically funded???

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@kev
To be fair, centigrade's goalposts (0 and 100) are based on the state transitions of water, which are pressure dependant, which is also pretty arbitrary...

For uniformity, certainly I agree.

I'm more bothered by the difference between the beer gallon (looking at you, Canada/UK), and the wine gallon (US), personally. I think the UK just wanted to be able to say theirs was bigger. 😄

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