The soft and hard of converting imperial measurements to metric for a Canadian audience are covered in this episode, an adaptation of posts on copyediting.com. We also get into simperial, the mixture of metric (SI) and lingering imperial measures that persists in Canada.
What did you grow up with? Have you made the transition to metric? What imperial lingers in your life? Leave your comments below, or join the discussion over on the Dameditors Facebook page.
Mentioned in this episode:
- chart of “Common metric units” in The Canadian Press Stylebook
- Editing Canadian English, a publication of the Editor’s Association of Canada
- SI, the système international d’unités agreed upon by the 1960 General Conference of Weights and Measures
- Wayne Grady, “The Metric System (sort of)” in Saturday Night (1999)