The subject line will be cryptic to some, but most will get it.
Red Nomad likes to mix her miles and metres. I have been known to also. Nothing wrong with 'its about an inch short of a metre'.
There is a certain stupidity in the way we generally express length. I believe in Europe, and no doubt Peter will correct me if I am wrong, they don't generally use silly tiny measurements such as 780mm. They would say it is 78cm. It must easier to form a mental picture of a distance with the larger number. A metre is 100cm, so 78cm is about 3/4 of a metre. Easy to picture. And why don't we use centilitres rather than the minute millilitres?
Generally in Australia though, we seem to be retreating with our metrics. Our old fashioned tyre gauges at car service stations used to be marked with hectopascals. I had to learn hectopascals to know how much air to put into my tyres. I recall it was around 200. Now, the very good but I suspect very American tyre gauges on a stand with the alterable pressure read in pounds per square inch.
Kilojoules had began to be embraced, but we seem to be reverting to calories. Likewise with baby weight. More people seem to be using pounds now rather than ten years ago when when kilos seemed to be more popular.
I find it quite disappointing that we aren't embracing the far superior metric system. Worse, our growing children are hearing us use these old measurements and are using them too.
As I am talking of measurements, what an ugly word kays is. God Gough told us how to say it when metric arrived to our shores, KILOmetre and that is not kilOMetre and certainly not kays. Ugly, ugly, ugly.