Peter 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.