Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Volker Hetzer (
1 Nov 95 18:08:29 GMT (Robert A. Uhl) writes:

:In article <46ksi8$>, Will Rose <> wrote:
:>Robert A. Uhl ( wrote:
:>: Excellent book: Reading the Numebrs, by Mary Blocksma. She
:>: advocates metric, but does list the old units as well. She regards
:>: the system of doubling as ridiculous, althoug I can hardly see how it
:>: is any worse than multiplying by ten (for which there is no word,
:>: BTW).
:>Use decimate, and stand on your head while you say it.

: Nope, decimate means to reduce by one-tenth. When a conqueror
:decimates a village he lines up all the men and kills every tenth one.
:Yep, that's the origin of the word. It is sometimes used incorrectly
:to mean division by ten, but never mutliplication thereby.
Then perhaps dekamate?