Oh, how the old-timers love their Imperial system. They’ll do anything to preserve their right to live in one of the only two countries in the entire world (the UK and the USA, for those who haven’t been paying attention) that believes using a system of measures that nobody understands is A Great Idea.
When I use the phrase “nobody understands”, I fully intend it to encompass the confusion that arises from the US and the UK not even using the same non-standard system, but two systems that are superficially similar but fundamentally incompatible. The US system of measurements (confusingly and utterly wrongly called “English” in its native land) corresponds with the UK’s (and to a lesser extent, Ireland’s) anachronistically named Imperial system only in units of length and some units of weight. Units of fluid capacity are so far out of whack that calling them by the same names is almost libellous.
When I use the phrase “nobody understands”, I also fully intend it to encompass the utter futility of learning a system where no two pairs of units are the same multiple of each other. Twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, sixteen ounces in a pound, fourteen pounds in a stone. Who in their right mind wants to waste valuable brain cells remembering all of these? How many fluid ounces in a gallon? Don’t use the internet!
I furthermore fully intend it to encompass the fact that nobody in the UK under the age of 40 was taught Imperial units in school. That means the government has just wasted valuable political capital defending an item of “essential national culture” that has less of a future to look forward to than the North Sea cod fisheries.
Dear God, WHY?