The UK must come across as one of the strangest countries in the world. Weâ€™re set in our ways and obviously think our way is the best, well some do anyway.
The English language itself has many traps set for the person learning the English language. For example, to and too, they sound the same but have different meanings, there and their, again sound the same but have different meanings. Then we have words like knife, where the k is silent, and words like physical where the â€œphâ€ is pronounced like an â€œfâ€ and the â€œyâ€ is pronounced as a â€œIâ€ Adding to the previous examples, we canâ€™t even agree from country to country on the spelling of a word. In the UK â€œcolourâ€ is spelt â€œcolourâ€ in the USA its spelt â€œcolorâ€ All very confusing isnâ€™t it.
Our measurement system is even more confusing. We have a mixture of metric and imperial measurements.
Miles, yards, feet and inches. Iâ€™m 5ft 11Â½ inches tall, or 182cm if you prefer.
Our weight measurements are even worse. If youâ€™re describing how much a person weighs, you would do that in stones pounds and ounces. If I were buying food, it would be measured in kilograms. Beer is sold by the pint, coke is sold by the ml.
Petrol is sold by the gallon but filling stations must also show the measurement in litres. Speed is measured in MPH but the speedometer in our vehicles must also display the speed in kilometres per hour. And according to most other countries we drive on the wrong side of the road as well.
There are many more instances of our weirdness and our stubborn defiance to change.
Letâ€™s hear your views.