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In a message dated 11/17/05 2:55:53 PM, elainegh8@... writes:

> -=-loo roll, -=-
Now if I were visiting your house and you told me to go and buy some of that,
I would have just stared at you very blankly. If you wrote it down, I
would get it.

Years back (1975? I went to the nearest edge of Arkansas for a few hours.
(Okay, one overnight, to retreive some kids who had been visiting
grandparents.) When we got there, we were told that all the kids had gone down to [some
unitelligible place, probably the name of a store or the neighbors) for...
rose nairs?
Row Snares?

I had no idea.
"Gone down to blah-de-blah for roes ne'ers."

They came back a paper grocery bag full of corn on the cob, in the husks.
Fresh ears of corn.
"Roastin' ears."

So I don't have to go as far as England for it to be a good idea sometimes if
I think an utterance is crucial to ask, "Could you write that down, please?"

-=-For liquid measure, or liquid capacity, the basic unit is the gallon,
which is divided into 4 quarts, 8 pints, or 32 gills. The U.S. gallon, or wine
gallon, is 231 cubic inches (cu in.); the British imperial gallon is the volume
of 10 lb of pure water at 62°F and is equal to 277.42 cu in. The British units
of liquid capacity are thus about 20% larger than the corresponding American
units. The U.S. fluid ounce is 1/16 of a U.S. pint; the British unit of the
same name is 1/20 of an imperial pint and is thus slightly smaller than the U.S.
fluid ounce.-=-

Yeah. Okay.
It doesn't matter in the absence of cooking.
They drink thick beer by the pint or the half-pint, and we don't.
When in England do as the English and don't forget the loo roll.
And if you ask for corn, don't expect to get any.


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>>>>>>>>>It doesn't matter in the absence of cooking.
They drink thick beer by the pint or the half-pint, and we don't.>>>>>>>>>>>

A few years ago someone posted a math problem on our local homeschool list. Something about how to figure out how to get a specific measure of liquid from a barrel if you didn't have a precise measuring cup.

I thought it was so dumb. I can't imagine being in a situation where measurements HAVE to be precise, yet there is nothing precise to measure them with. Most of the time "about" so much is good enough!

Mary Ellen

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