Re: Metric Time and time again, and again, and again....
Mike Fee (M.Fee@irl.cri.nz)
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 09:21:05 LOCAL
firstname.lastname@example.org (WAYNE JOHNSON) whryts:
>Mike Fee writes:
>>email@example.com (WAYNE JOHNSON) redefines the world with the comment:
>>>and a bunch of others (not including either of us) write:
>>>>> 60 killometers per hour = 1 killometer per minute.
>>>> That is "kilometres".
>>> Not in the Americas, or in Europe, except Britain. You're from
>>> New Zealand? Correct the spelling down there, will you?
>>> Get with the rest of the world!
>>Sorry Wane, but a "meter" is a large blake bakelite box with a
>>number of large knobs, a semicircle of little numbers around the edge
>>and a rotating needle which can point at them. Well, OK, these days it
>>is probably a small plastic box with an LCD display, but you get the
>>Consider also, Whayn; a "metre", and that is exactly how the French
>>spell it (they should know), is a thing about 1 650 763.73 times the
>>wavelength (in vacuum) of a particular electronic transition in the
>>element Krypton. It is also roughly the distance you can run in about
>>one tenth of a second.
>>Be aware Whein, that "kilo" (derived from the Greek) is the official
>>SI unit prefix to denote 1000 units.
>>For your information Wain "killo" isn't yet anything - (this of course
>>gives you the freedom to define it as you desire, but it is to late to
>>patent the term as you have already published it).
>>Thus Wayn: "kilometre" is 1000 metres - or about 6/10 miles for the
>>metrically challenged; "kilometer" consists of a large number of
>>measuring instruments (although I wouldn't be averse to the notion
>>that it could be considered as an alternative spelling of the former);
>>"killometer" is undefined (as is be atttometer, femmtogram,
>>piccosecond, nannovolt, miccrokelvin, miillicandela, cenntimole,
>>decciradian, deccasteradian, deccanewton, hecctojoule, meggawatt,
>>giggapascal, terracoulomb, pettafarad and exxamaxwell, ...pant, pant,
>>pant...) and it is certainly not 1000 of anything.
>>Need I say more?
The "Need I say more?" was a rhetorical question - looks like the answer is
>Thass al I nede - sum Enzedd twitt teling MEE hau tu spel.
You spell "I" correctly - a good start and I congratulate you. But a
minor nit here: in the previous post I wasn't telling you how to
spell, I was telling you how not to spell.
>Murkins kan spel az goode az anybuddy. Ime a perfikt xampl.
I thought that a murkin (or is that merkin) was a small chest hair wig.
And you are a perfect example of one?
>Iff yu kan't spel, itz knot MYE problom. I hav bin edicatid bye
Experts can be blamed for a lot of problems. Ask any expert.
>I rezent yore emplikashons 2 tha conntrery. Bye tha wae, tha onnly
>theng yu speled ryte wuz tha wurrds en tha lastt perigaf.
>Yu gise bin aut en tha midl uv tha oshun 2 lawng.
Hey, we like it out here, just us ... and the sheep.
Mike (and his little wooly friends)
Industrial Research Limited