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Re: <nettime> An oil slick the size of Puerto Rico....
Rob Dyke on Thu, 20 May 2010 17:10:57 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> An oil slick the size of Puerto Rico....


On units of measurement.

SoWs (size of Wales)
SoBs (size of Belgium)
OSPs (Olympic swimming pools)
DDBs (Double-decker buses) and so on....

Thus the Kruger national park in South Africa measures 1 SoW, as do
Lesotho and Israel, whereas Lake Nzerakera in Tanzania is 2 SoBs.
The American version of the 'Wales' is usually the 'Rhode Island',
although, being a diverse people, they also use other land areas as a
baseline for comparisons.


from the Guardian and others.... 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mind-your-language/2010/may/17/mind-your-language-david-marsh
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A1066484

Rob


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