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nelson
23.10.2003 - 13:37
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Richard wrote in another post:


Aye, fair enough. So long as our scientists keep an eye on the damn thing to make sure it's got no tricks up it's sleeve.

Well since you brought up the subject again - don't you think the english number system is crap? I mean I've never heard of a billiard before, except for balls of that confusing snooker-like game.

It's a shame that america has once again eroded away the english language, but let's face it, absolutely no-one I know uses the english number system.

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richard
23.10.2003 - 13:37
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And I stand by it, too! :o)
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richard
23.10.2003 - 13:40
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Oh, and I consider myself reprimanded for going off-topic :o(
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deathjester
23.10.2003 - 13:45
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english number system ?


u mean the old imperial measurements or the common quiloquialisms for decimal values (eg bakers dozen)?
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nelson
23.10.2003 - 13:45
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Well, I believe the French still use "milliard" quite happily (I think!).

I know that there is a real confusion in Portugal between our "correct" billion and the US version. It's an European/US issue, really, and I don't know how other countries deal with it.

I blame the media - they just pick up the US press conferences/newsfeeds, (sometimes) replace "z"s with "s"s and there ya go, last-second news fresh to your living room, who cares about accuracy?

A week doesn't go by when I don't hear/read something about "centigrade degrees"...

Therefore, ultimately, the US system will eventually completely replace our "old Europe" system... <sigh>
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nelson
23.10.2003 - 13:46
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Ah, the old imperial measurements are all but British. The hint is in the name... ;-)
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richard
23.10.2003 - 13:49
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imperial, emperor, china, india?
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richard
23.10.2003 - 13:51
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DJ, we're referring to this!
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nelson
23.10.2003 - 13:53
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Hint no. 2:

Mile - Mille (latin for "a thousand")

1 mile =~ 1000 steps
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deathjester
23.10.2003 - 13:55
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imperial.... that says redcoats and jolly good conquoring old chap to me....

romans?

erm *deep breath*

myans
aztecs
babylonians
egyptians
incas
masadonians
gerbils
mice
2.99 lightbulbs
iroquios
germans?


ooo germans.

norse?

erm...
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