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

Will Rose (
27 Oct 1995 09:05:44 GMT

Robert A. Uhl ( wrote:
: 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.

Apologies, it was late at night and I was being excessively flippant.