The Other I

September 21, 2012

Sometimes English is a different language

Filed under: Just Stuff,The English — theotheri @ 8:45 pm

Weight Conversion CalculatorPeter and I were discussing the size of beef brisket this morning and trying to decide whether to buy the 1 or the 1.5 kilo roast. “The 1.5 kilo roast is about 8 pounds,” he said.
I looked at him in disbelief.  If you’ve lived in both the US and the UK as long as we have, you become bi-lingual in converting celsius to fahrenheit, centimetres to inches, kilometers to miles, liters to quarts, kilos to pounds.  Was this a rare and uncharacteristic manifestation of dementia?

“No,” I said. “1 1/2 kilos is just between 3 and 3 1/2 pounds.”

Peter didn’t blink.  “I was talking about pounds sterling,” he said.

Most of the time we are both bi-lingual in dollars/pounds too.



  1. a golden opportunity to give a sterling answer


    Comment by kateritek — September 21, 2012 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

    • Do you have any idea how often your comments make me wish I’d thought of saying that? On the other hand, you double my enjoyment by saying it first- T


      Comment by Terry Sissons — September 22, 2012 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

  2. that is hysterical!!! Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:45:26 +0000 To:


    Comment by E Bastasch — September 22, 2012 @ 3:03 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: