After yesterday’s post (https://legallifestyle.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/a-legal-trip-back-in-time-care-of-the-land-titles-office/) and Greg Cambrell’s comments containing a list of imperial measures (thanks Greg!), I have had quite a few queries on imperial measurements.
Greg has kindly sent me a scan from the back of his school exercise book from the 1950s :
Who knew there were so many types of measures and weights? I’d heard of inches, rods, roods and chains before, along with ounces and pounds, but I wonder how many of us knew there were 3 Scruples to a Dram and 8 Drams to an Ounce?
Of course the imperial system (to a metric mind like my own at least) seems as crazy as the English language must seem to a native speaker of the latin derived languages such as French, Spanish, Italian or others. Doing some further research, I have discovered this is also somewhat a hot topic in some circles.
By way of introduction, here is a history of measurement care of Wikipedia :
and Encyclopaedia Brittanica :
and here is a fiery debate on imperial versus metric!
Lastly, whenever you are next faced with an imperial to metric conversion or vice versa, here is a handy calculator (noting you can usually just type the conversion you want into Google and it will do it for you on the spot) :
So next time you are at the shops, have some fun and ask for 2 scruples of cumin, a flemish ell of fabric, 3 gills of lemonade and ask the real estate agent how many poles the block of land has? (he or she will then likely start looking at the fence posts).