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Problems with US spelling variants for writing metric

This week, Ronnie Cohen takes issue with an example of American exceptionalism. Likes(8)Dislikes(4)

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Isolationist thinking behind Trump and Vote Leave

UKMA did not takes sides in the EU referendum campaign – the UK would have to do business with a world that is predominantly metric whatever the outcome. However, one of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, detects a theme of isolationism … Continue reading

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150 Years of Legal Metric Usage in the USA

UKMA is nothing if not internationalist in its outlook. So today, 28 July 2016, we celebrate a significant anniversary for the use of the metric system in the USA. It marks 150 years of legal metric usage in the USA. … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Government

We take a metric view of the changes around the Cabinet table. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Pronunciation matters

SI is the international standard of measurement, understood around the globe. But its value in communication can be reduced by variations in the way it is both spoken and written. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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New edition of SI brochure

One of our readers has drawn attention to the recent issue for a comment of a revised edition of the SI brochure. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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British drivers face a continuing sign muddle

With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Notable anniversaries in the last hold-out of irrational measures

The following article appeared in March/April 2016 edition of Metric Today, the newsletter of the US Metric Association (USMA). It is being re-posted with USMA’s permission. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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The battle for measurement supremacy

In December 2015, television weather forecasters expressed our record rainfall in millimetres while the national newspapers stubbornly stuck to inches. Apparently, the use two different measurement systems for the same phenomenon is alive and well in the UK. Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading

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Money-saving tips for cash-starved Councils and the DfT

Ronnie Cohen suggests ways to help those responsible for transport budgets, both local and national, achieve savings targets without extra spending. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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