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Topic Reading-Vol.2375-10/12/2018

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2018/10/12 Topic Reading-Vol.2375-10/12/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers

How France created the metric system?

The metric system is an internationally adopted decimal system of measurement. The modern metric system consists of the meter for length, kilogram for mass, second for time, and ampere for electromagnetism. However, there are three countries that still are reluctant to use this modern convenience; the U.S., Liberia, and Myanmar.

When and where did this world standard system originate? It came out of the French revolution which wanted to replace old monarchy and church customs with new systems. Unlike then-more-modernized China or Japan, there were as many as 250,000 different measurement units just in France alone before the revolution. But it wasn’t an easy task to standardize how long and how heavy a thing is. In fact, it took decades before the system became the nation’s de-facto standard.

Now you might have realized that why not “meteric” but “metric” in English. That’s because “metre” in British English came from French “mètre”.

Enjoy reading and learn how the metric system was created and how it became popular.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180923-how-france-created-the-metric-system

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