The USA & The Metric System


It never ceases to amaze me, the American conceit or perhaps more rightly their ignorance in certain things; take the “Metric System” for example. They, the American people on the whole have no idea or conception of the system and further more from my understanding no interest in it. I believe that they find it too difficult, why is beyond me they have no difficulty with their currency and that is actually a decimal/metric system.

But what annoys me most is the way they change the spelling without any regard of why or what they are doing. In all instances they change the ending from ‘re’ to ‘er” do they think that the rest of the world is ignorant and do not know the correct spelling of their own words.

An  example the word litre they spell it liter; now ‘WP ‘ spell checker is showing the correct spelling as wrong would you believe! They think that liter is correct. Lite (light), liter(lighter), litest  (if you want consistency(lightest).

The next example we’ll take is metre (again underlined by spellckeck as incorrect) and the American spelling meter. To me a meter is an instrument for measuring. A gas meter to register the amount of gas I use; a speedometer, to measure the speed I’m driving at are a couple of examples.

What they fail to understand, ( probable should be what they don’t want to understand) is the metric system was devised by the French and that it is originally based on the French mètre des archives and the kilogramme des archives. That’s putting it simplistically and this post is really just a little peeve of mine, as the American way in this really gets my goat!

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