- Oct 29, 2002
- Reaction score
- East of Suez
Money is arbitrary. If you had grown up pre-decimalisation, you'd probably think that 'new money' was batshit as the associations of coins with prices for goods and services that had been built up throughout your lifetime would have been sundered (although you might appreciate the simplified arithmetic).I learned both at school - same with money, etc - and I can easily visualise a M but not a KM. That's still miles, for me. Everything else - I think metric makes much more sense. Esp the money. That was batshit. I never understood crowns and half crowns.
I can switch between m and yards (prefer m) but the km thing - nope. My other weird one is temperature - F still makes more sense to my than C. Weights, I can think in both oz and g but prefer g. I was in infant school when the changes came in so at the precise age where they had to teach us both, equally as we still had to know old money and measures for a bit even though new was on the horizon.
Old measurements, however, are a different kettle of fish. As I've probably droned on about upthread, the links with the proportions and actions of a human body are quite strong and very functional in a non-scientific setting.