By Niall McArdle
They’ve also given the world The Metric System, or en Francais, Mètre des Archives
In 1799 the French decided that a standard metre would be “one ten-millionth of a quadrant of the Earth,” and that one kilogramme would be “the mass of a cubic decimetre of water.”
The Metric System had its detractors, mostly those who adhered to Imperial Measures, or even to some of the odder traditional measures, but it has become the globally accepted standard of weights and measures … except for the United States.
I still miss the old measures a little bit: in fact, more than a zolotnik.
It gets a bit confusing if you only know the metric system when visiting out of the way places in Ireland or the UK, as you will still see road signs in miles. Many people still think in inches, feet, yards, miles, acres, ounces, pounds, and stone. If you’re tackling anything, you may want this handy converter.
And in Ireland people still talk about an Irish mile (longer than an English mile).
If you’re in the mood for coffee (an ounce, a dram, 250ml, a smidgeon, or whatever), then you might want to check out another A to Z blogger, Over A Cup of Coffee.