Feb 282014

I didn’t want to forget this Buzzfeed post, so I’m popping the link here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/things-america-canada-and-the-uk-cannot-agree-on Enjoy!

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  1. Well, I’m going to get anoraky (very useful word!) about this:

    9) U.S. measurements aren’t really Imperial, they’re an older version. Inches and pounds are the same, but the U.S. pint is only 16 fluid ounces as opposed to 20; consequently, a gallon of water weighs 10 lb over there and only about 8 over here. (Our fluid ounces are about 4% bigger, but that’s just the result of slightly different standardization against the metric system.) This was pretty much the result of Parliament changing the hundredweight from 100 lb to 112 lb, exactly 8 stone in 1824; since we no longer used stone, and were politically and culturally independent anyway, we didn’t bother changing.

    12) Sneakers is just one term, pretty much the Northeast (and Southern Florida, which is linguistically almost part of the Northeast). The rest of the country says tennis shoes or some variant like tennies, which is what my North Carolinian wife grew up with.

    16) Football is actually very popular in Canada, not as much as in the U.S., more like baseball or basketball in the U.S. Certainly not a who-cares sport. It’s basically a descendant of rugby, like U.S. football, but the rules are slightly different: there are 12 players instead of the 11 in U.S. football or 15 in rugby, for example. Harvard University didn’t have enough space for a full rugby pitch, so American football uses a slightly shrunken playing field whereas Canadian football has the real thing: consequently, there are 12 players instead of the 11 in U.S. football or 15 in rugby. It was Canadian influence that got running with the ball into the American game, because American players tried it and liked it; per contra, forward passes are forbidden in rugby and didn’t get into the Canadian game until long after the U.S. had adopted them. Some cross-border games are played, especially at the secondary-school level, using home team rules in every case.

  2. Oh please feel free to get as anoraky as you like John! 🙂 I love it.

    And I was very glad to learn why ‘merican friends have looked bemused when I talk about ‘imperial’ measurements. I always thought our 20 oz pint rather odd in the UK, though of course it does mean your beer lasts a little longer.

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