From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Aug 16 2003 - 16:22:35 EDT
On 2003.08.14, 05:24, John Cowan <email@example.com> wrote:
> Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin scripsit:
>> Some habits are indeed language dependant, but some others are just
>> tradition (some of it imposed as logic and correct decades ago, like
>> compulsive caseless singular for SI units in speech), and should not
>> necessarily apply.
> "Compulsive caseless singular"? That *is* language dependent.
It is -- but I twisted my words less than my reasoning: I meant that
*even things clearly language dependent*, like case and number, were
(still are) legislated as part of the SI (in terms that SI units should
be always nominative singular), and yet widely ignored.
> You just can't say "four meter" in English; it has to be "four
Yet, according to the SI, you should. Actually, we joked about a 10th
grade Physics teacher who would say (in Portuguese) «fifty kilogram» in
class and «fifty kilos» in the corridor.
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