The Humble Centimetre

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  1. talltim

    talltim Established Member

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    For example, if weather presenters said 10mm of rain had fallen it would be quite possible and reasonable to mishear that as 10cm...

    Actually, as they're measuring a liquid, you might even think they said 10ml
     
  2. DaleCooper

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    If 10ml of rain fell no one would notice.
     
  3. edwin_m

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    I'll get round that by pointing out that "degree" has a lower case d.
     
  4. Marton

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    The US pint is logical in that it weighs a pound Of water just as the litre weighs a kilo

    This makes Dilutions somewhat easier On a w/w basis

    EDIT: in as much as there is any logic in Imperial units.
     
  5. DaleCooper

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    Only if you are diluting water with water.
     
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    Well, we don’t say “degrees Celsius”, just “degrees” OR just “kelvin” - the first meaning ° in day to day usage, so basically around 0° :p, the second starting from absolute zero.
    Would the expression “degrees Celcius” have come about to distinguish from “degrees Fahrenheit”? - & vice versa?
     
  7. DaleCooper

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    Yes and to distinguish it from degrees Rankine, Newton, Delisle, Réaumur, etc.
     
  8. krus_aragon

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    Let alone degrees of angle & rotation.
     
  9. AM9

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    And Mr Centigrade? :)
     
  10. Struner

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    Which were & are very much in common use...
     
  11. Struner

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    Nothing to do with engine oil? :)
     
  12. DaleCooper

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    You're thinking of centipoise or centistokes.
     
  13. Emyr

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    No, since a pound is 454g and a US pint is 473.2ml
     
  14. GusB

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    Isn't it Hypergrade when referring to engine oil?

    (heading for the coat rack...)
     
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    Just don't get it confused with centipedes.
     
  16. DaleCooper

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    Shouldn't centipedes and millipedes be called hectopedes and kilopedes?
     
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    I've always interpreted it as the movement is divided between 100/1000 feet.
     
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    Hmm - conjures thoughts of micropedes and (horrifying though) megapedes. The latter presumably trample all over everything on enormous feet. Or are they ten thousand centipedes joined end to end?
     
  19. DaleCooper

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    A further thought:

    Is Millicent Martin the same as 10 Micro Martin?

    and

    Do you need a thousand Milli Vanilli to make Vanilla
     
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    Not reaslly, Vanilli is the plural. One is a Vanillo, and a Vanilla is a female one. A Milli however often comes in bands.
     
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    Unless you're Milli Vanilli who mine in bands (coat on and already out the door).
     

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