Re: [OT] Metric was Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

From: Karljürgen Feuerherm (
Date: Tue Jul 29 2003 - 09:00:29 EDT

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    Well, in either case, the original point falls to bits. Neither of the two
    countries match the original descriptor of 'the at-the-time most progressive
    nation on Earth'.

    Nor does any other. It's simply much too simplistic a statement.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "John Cowan" <>
    To: "Peter Kirk" <>
    Cc: <>
    Sent: Monday, July 28, 2003 9:28 PM
    Subject: Re: Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

    > Peter Kirk scripsit:
    > > Well, except two countries, or more than two if you have been following
    > > the "damn'd fools" thread. We British resisted Napoleon and we continue
    > > to resist his innovations like the metric system, though we are being
    > > forced to make a gradual change.
    > By what I understand, the U.K. is far more metricated than the U.S.,
    > where metrication is pretty much confined to wine and carbonated drinks,
    > and the latter only in 1-liter and 2-liter quantities.
    > > Napoleon managed to impose and are still uniform all the way from Calais
    > > to Vladivostok (because even the Russians accepted his system for a
    > > while), even traffic rules (drive on the right, give way to the right),
    > > but are different in the UK.
    > Yeah, you're still using the horseman-with-sword system rather than the
    > cart-drover system.
    > --
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