raised in the environment of metric measurement units, I vigorously
argued for many years against all other units, imperial units in
particular. Nowadays, while still using metric (SI) units in my
research, outside the lab I find that many non-metric units are more
‘human’. I have better sense of a foot than a meter, I perceive
the relationship inch-half inch-quarter inch better than
centimeter-millimeter, I intuit the relationship gallon-quarter-pint
better than liter-deciliter.
are always exaggerating temperatures. If the day is hot they add on
a few degrees; if it is cold they deduct a few. No one ever gives
the air temperature to a fraction of a degree, but only to a whole
degree. Now on the Fahrenheit scale, on account of the small size of
its degree, these whoppers are only about half as big as they are on
the other scales.
Mott-Smith: Heat and Its Workings (first published in 1933).
Winter of 2005 : snow at Grabov Rat, an uncommon view.
To the above advocacy of the
Fahrenheit temperature scale, I would like to add that talking about
low winter temperatures in 'teens’ and ‘single digits’ somehow
sounds more human than ‘minus ten’ or ‘minus fifteen’.