Anglish Twelvish Metings

From The Anglish Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The meting stellels found in the English-speaking world today are a blend of the French Metric stellel (such as meters), and the older English folkmetings (such as yards). The Metric Stellel was grounded in ten. The English stellel, on the other hand, was mostly grounded in twelve. (See: Twelvish.)

The strength of a straightened metric stellel is that it's grounded in a steady stellel of reckoning. So, to go up and down, all you need to do is feelfold a grounding, rather than feelfolding by sundry metes, with weird and uncouth groundings and names. (Why three barleycorns to an inch, and twelve inches to a foot?) A straightened stellel of metings also helps worldwide trade, to bridge the sunder stellels of metings found about the world. However, in taking on the French metric stellel, we not only lost our wonly names and metings, we also lost English folkmetings' greatest strength: that many of the metes are grounded in twelve.

Twelve, as a grounding, is more helpful than ten, as it has more <factors>. While ten can be split into: halves, fifths, and tenths; twelve can be split into halves, twelfths, sixths and most harkworthily and helpfully, thirds and fourths. That's why it's found so widely in older metings, such as the twelve inches to a foot, twenty-four hours in a day (two lots of twelve), and three hundred and sixty marks in a ring (five lots of six lots of twelve). If you fand to fourth a tennish clock, you end up with ugly and unshapely tennish rimes, and yet we put up with this in a tennish metric stellel.

Instead of tenning our stellel of metings, and borrowing the French names for the metes, we can instead keep our inborn and wonly English names for the metes (See: What Is Anglish), and straighten them into both a more helpful, and wonly twelvish stellel.


Barleycorn 1/10 0.01 0.00635
Thumb1 1/3 0.03 0.0254
Hand2 1 0.08 0.0762
Foot 4 0.33 0.3048
Yard 10 1 0.9144
Shackle 100 12 10.9728
Furlong 1,000 144 131.6736
Mile3 10,000 1,728 1580.083


Flat Hand4 1 0.00694444 0.0058064375
Flat Yard 100 1 0.836127
Rod 1,000 12 10.0335
Flat Shackle 10,000 144 120.402
Acre5 100,000 1,728 1,444.83
Oxgang 1,000,000 20,736 17,337.94
Ploughland 10,000,000 248,832 208,055.24
Lot 100,000,000 2,985,984 2,496,663
Township6 3,000,000,000 107,495,424 89,879,865.08

Wet Room

Teaspoon 1/80 0.000275 4.60886175
Eatingspoon7 1/28 0.84375 13.82658525
Cup 1/2 13.5 221.2254
Can8 1 27 442.451
Pot 10 324 5,309.41
Hogshead 100 3,888 63,712.90
Tun 1,000 46,656 764,554.86

Dry Room

Teaspoon 1/80 0.000275 4.60886175
Eatingspoon 1/28 0.84375 13.82658525
Cup 1/2 13.5 221.2254
Dole9 1 27 442.451
Pough 10 324 5,309.41
Sack 100 3,888 63,712.90
Last 1,000 46,656 764,554.86


Barleycorn 1/1,000 0.000275 0.00250645074
PennyweightB 1/100 0.0066 0.0300774089
Twelfth10 1/10 0.08 0.36092890682
Pound 1 0.97 4.33114688194
Stone 10 11.68 51.9737625833
Telredweight11 100 140.21 623.685151
Ton 1,000 1,682.53 7484.221812


Clot13 1/10 0.039 0.56916222
Slug 1 0.47 6.859134
Blob 10 5.635 82.236643
Lump 100 67.617 986.795939
Hunk 1,000 811.406 11,841.58


Blink 1/10,000 0.34
While 1/100 50
Stound 1 7,200
Day 10 86,400


Farthing 1/4 0.25
Penny 1 1
Shilling 10 12
Pound 100 144


1. Thumb is a sidekirry name for inch, which is an early Leeden loan. Feet and thumbs are so often brooked, that we reckoned it would be worthy to keep them in the stellel.

2. We grounded the length upon the palm, as that would lead to fewer wends in the lengths of things than working with feet. The palm was eftnamed to hand (another little-known mete, only a little bit longer) so that its name is Anglish.

3. Mile is another early Leeden loan. There is, however, no better name for something of that length.

4. I went with calling "square" metes "flat".

5. The acre is wonly a furlong times a chain (shackle), which holds in this stellel.

6. In the US Public Land Survey System (PLSS), a "Township" is made up of d36 mile^2 "sections" or "lots".

7. The word "table" in "tablespoon" is a French loan. Netherlandish calls the meting an "eetlepel", and Theech calls it an "Esslöffel". Tablespoons are also often called "eating spoons", which is why we went with that.

8. Most soup cans hold about d27 inches^3 already.

9. Dole is grounded off a little-known dry meting for salt. Pough is grounded off of "poke", another little-known dry meting. (See: Anglish Wordbook.)

A. The pound was went so that: one pound is one can of water under the thrake of benchmark <gravitational> hastening and at benchmark heat and thrutching.

B. The weight of a penny is a pennyweight. Hence, 100 pence is a pound.

10. "Ounce" staffly means "twelfth".

11. The telredweight is grounded upon the wonly "hundredweight", which was "a hundred" pounds. (The meaning of "hundred" wasn't so sheer back in the day. Sometimes it meant 120 in tennish. Likewise, sometimes a hundredweight meant d112 pounds, whereas other times it meant d100 pounds.)

12. The slug was went so that a slug = a pound / (hand / blink^2), since m=F/a.

13. Clot, lump and hunk are all names we made up, whereas slug" and "blob are names already being brooked.