Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron Age in Wellington, Somerset, the BBC radio news man has just said it was "30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation too far.

Mike (size nine and a half).
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Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron Age in Wellington, Somerset, the BBC radio news man has just said it was "30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation too far.

Be fair - slightly later in the report he did say it was about a foot long. You want him to express it in fractions of ells or perches or cubits?
( i very nearly left out the "long", but as far as I know no Iron Age foot was enclosed.)

Katy Jennison
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Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron ... was"30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation too far.

Be fair - slightly later in the report he did say it was about afoot long. You want him to ... cubits? ( i very nearly left out the "long", but as far as I know no IronAge foot was enclosed.)

I missed the bit where he went all pre-Imperial. No, no foot included: he said it was like a squashed ... damn, I can't remember what: it's not age, I've always been like this.

Mike.
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Le mardi 10 mai 2005 à 19:33:16, Mike Lyle a écrit dans alt.usage.english :
Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron Age in Wellington, Somerset, the BBC radio news man has just said it was "30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation too far.

All shoes are one foot long.

10/05/2005 23:49:41
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Ahem!
now what about a horse shoe?
Ahem! now what about a horse shoe?

All shoes are one foot long.

How do you say one foot long in horse language?
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Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron Age in Wellington, Somerset, the BBC radio news man has just said it was "30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation too far.

I think I can understand from a stylistic view they choose cm. To say that it was "a foot long" sounds a little odd in this context as you automatically expect, unless you're a clown, that the shoe is as long as the foot.
-Jason
Le mercredi 11 mai 2005 à 00:07:13, Rodney a écrit dans alt.usage.english :
All shoes are one foot long.

Ahem! now what about a horse shoe?

Ah! You nailed me.

11/05/2005 00:09:55
/ \ ` ` ` ) Serge PACCALIN sp ad mailclub.net \ \ L ) Il faut donc que les hommes commencent
-'( ) par n'être pas fanatiques pour mériter
/ ( ) la tolérance. Voltaire, 1763
Lanarcam filted:
Ahem! now what about a horse shoe?

How do you say one foot long in horse language?

By stamping the ground..
Anyway, what about shoes you deal blackjack from?...r
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