Do you find the metric or imperial system better?

Thanks to Sam Ehrenteit for the request.

I see here the usual rapid reactions, that the metric system is generally always superior and that the American system is illogical and how stupid the Americans are all in comparison to the enlightened Europeans hahahahohoho bรคh.

It is best to read first my earlier answer on the subject here: Answer by John Grantham to Why dominate in many countries, such as the USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, etc., variants of the inconclusive Anglo-American measurement system ( inch, foot, etc.), instead of the decimal metric system?

And before the usual accusations come that I would prefer everything American, here’s more reading material: John Grantham’s answer to What’s better in Germany than in the US?



therefore.In most cases (especially in science) I prefer to use the metric system. The US should also take it. But there are still cases where I prefer the American/imperial system.

(And before the numerous superior Germans jump in my neck, I said I prefer.I didn’t say it’s better for everyone.)

Cooking and baking, for example, are much easier for me with cups and co., especially since most of my old recipes from the family are listed in the units.I have the right measuring cups and so on. So it goes supi. And head calculation is a blob in the calculation of portions and the like.


Typography is also easier for me with the Anglo-American system.By the way, you use it too… Points (Points) are part of it.72 points are an inch.For this reason, I actually design the layout of pages in points or points. Customs on because this allows me to more easily match the font size with the entire layout and the base grid and side mirror are really consistent through and through. For example, the row height of the reading font is often 12 points, so I calculate the column widths and splits as the majority of 12. That’s why my copy of InDesign is set to point, not millimeter.

Don’t like it?Tough toenails. It’s my computer. ๐Ÿ˜›


The thing is, the Anglo-American system is foreign to the vast majority here.And stranger is equal evil.

It’s human.And habit almost always wins.

That’s why in this country you still use inches for tubes, pounds at the baker or butcher, dots on writings and much more.

That is why I am used to working with the Anglo-American system.Three tablespoons make a quarter cup, twelve make a cup, two cups make a pint, two pints make a quart. It is so internalized that it is second nature. Learning is nitdifficult, but it seems difficult for you because you have never used it regularly. And the Americans are doing just the same thing, just the other way around.

How do you know what milli-, zenti-, dezi-, kilo- mean? Oh, you had to learn that, didn’t you?Because that’s not German.But it is second nature for you now. Exactly the same: You learned it and now it is “normal”.

You can, of course, rely on the argument that metrics are now standard.But that doesn’t make it anybetter, it just makes it standard.Standards must also always be questioned. There is never a completion.


The metric system certainly has a built-in weakness: it is based on tens, which are very difficult to divide.Ten can be divided by 2 and 5, and that’s it.

Actually, I want a new version based on 12.This would make it much easier to calculate the head, especially in the areas I do most in everyday life, such as cooking and layouts. 12 can be divided by 2, 3, 4, and 6, which is sometimes a reason why, for example, the time calculation is also based on 12.

(What is also proof is that you don’t care so much about metrics.Where are the calls to metric time calculation?)

The numbers in general would also be better than mastering duodecimal systems, and maths would be much easier in everyday life.(Yes, it will immediately hail “I can’t imagine that” sayings in the comments. But look a little over the top, dear people, because otherwise you are no different from the concrete-headed Americans you criticize.)

The number ten was indeed a relatively logical choice, because otherwise we use the decimal system.But it could have been made even more consistent and turned everything into duodecimal.

Well.The train has really departed.


Anyway.My guiding principle is purely pragmatic whatever works and whatever floats yourboat.In the end, I’m worried about what system others use, and I’m saving myself generalizations at the expense of others. ๐Ÿ˜›

I think that the metric system should indeed become standard in all countries, because it is more widespread.But I’m not a fanboy of it โ€” like other writers here โ€” just because it’s standard. Standards can also sometimes be improved and there should be no sacred cows, especially not in science.

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