I have noticed a frightening trend with items for for sale with sizes given in “imperial” dimensions and not metric. The most obvious of these include televisions, ceiling fans and a particular line of bread roll! Each of these, and many others, are always advertised in “inches”. Now I grew up with the imperial system and for a number of years struggled in a drawing office dimensioning in yards, feet and inches. When Australia went metric in the 1970’s I was ecstatic, no more dividing by ‘3’, ‘12’ or ‘36’ just need to move the decimal point and put in the necessary prefix. Hooray! I then set out to make myself fully understand the metric measurements and ignore those archaic ‘imperial’ dimensions!

It is now getting close to 50-years later and I find I am trying to grasp how big is a 56" television, is it really big? Why is this happening? Is there not a rule that stipulates that as Australia is metric that anything dimensioned should shore it in metric first and foremost and if really necessary imperial is **small** print?

Does anyone else have this problem with the proliferation of ‘imperial’ dimensions?