internet is really increasing standardization. Language is becoming standardized around English and even odd English
acronyms like IMHO and LOL are becoming commonplace.
But I would have thought that, by now, the U.S. would be closer to adopting the metric system. Here is an area that America is far behind the rest of the world in ...
I wrote five years ago:
why, o' why, do we still use inches, feet, miles, pounds, acres, leagues, ounces, Fahrenheit, tons, gallons, bushels, hogsheads, horsepower, pints, and teaspoons?
I'm still not sure. but I have a proposal to Google ... help us slowly move to the metric system.
Here's the logic:
First -- the old English system of measurements (that even the English don't use anymore) is evil. It is incredibly inefficient and hard to grapple with. So here is a small proposal on how Google can help rid some of this evil ...
Just deliver information in both the English system and the metric system. In Google maps (which for American users displays all distances only in miles) also display distances in kilometers. If I type in "weather san Francisco" into Google, also display the results in Celsius. Etc.
Very simple. A few small changes could help the American public slowly acclimate to this "crazy" metric system.