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    Why Do Americans Change Basic Written Systems?

    For example, the dating system. Why is it month/day/year? Common sense would make someone just use day/month/year, as it increases in value.

    I ask because I always get confused with these tiny things. Today I had planned to buy stuff from an American site, only to find out everything was expired. I do not understand why they do it.

    And what does anyone else think about this? Is there some improvement I am not seeing? Or is it as pointless as it appears to me?

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    Why Do Americans Change Basic Written Systems?

    I don't know why.

    For example, the dating system. Why is it month/day/year? Common sense would make someone just use day/month/year, as it increases in value.
    Maybe (I'm just guessing) it has to with how it would be written out. For example November 10, 2009, month, day & year, 11/10/09.

    It is annoying in cyberspace, looking at a date & wondering if it is the American style (month, day) or European (day, month).

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    Does all of Europe use the same non-American one? If so, I cannot see why America would change it (it is a European country). I could understand if maybe other non-British European countries did it with month first, in this example.

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    I have noticed this to. Since I buy tools from Europe. The other thing is why has not the US gone to the metric system. I wish we go to the metric system because it makes more sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Baughman View Post
    The other thing is why has not the US gone to the metric system. I wish we go to the metric system because it makes more sense to me.


    The horror! Acres would have to be resurveyed into hectres. Distance would have to be recalculated into kilometers. All those milemarkers replaced with kilometer markers. Kilograms instead of pounds, liters in place of gallons. The only thing sold in metric in America is the 2-liter bottles of pop.

    Why should everyone conform to metric? Shouldn't we preserve some of our uniqueness, like our measuring system that we inherited form the English. As it is we do use metric in manufacturing (for tools & such) to facilitate trade but for everyday items I think we can get by with ounces & pounds, inches & feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post


    The horror! Acres would have to be resurveyed into hectres. Distance would have to be recalculated into kilometers. All those milemarkers replaced with kilometer markers. Kilograms instead of pounds, liters in place of gallons. The only thing sold in metric in America is the 2-liter bottles of pop.

    Why should everyone conform to metric? Shouldn't we preserve some of our uniqueness, like our measuring system that we inherited form the English. As it is we do use metric in manufacturing (for tools & such) to facilitate trade but for everyday items I think we can get by with ounces & pounds, inches & feet.
    Tools at the very least should be standard with Europe. It is a real pain to convert everything from one tool to the next.

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    I have a tool kit that has both, a set of wrenches in metric sizes & a set in fractional inches.

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    I was meaning more specialized tools for machining or more specifically Blacksmithing such as tools that fit from one die to the next.

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    Why should we change our system? The metric system is ungermanic. If the way we do things annoys you, do not buy from us or visit. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.


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    Now that I think of it, metric is part of the drive to a globalist system.

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