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Post by Dominic776 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:10 pm

This may already be covered in the archives, but I can't find it.

Thanks for your patience!!

In the USA, we use inch and foot as measures of length.

Who started using these words to define length, and why?

TIA

Dominic in Vermont, USA
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:02 am

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Post by dalehileman » Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:59 pm

Don't know about inch but have heard that foot was the length of some king's extremity. Otherwise,

http://tinyurl.com/37wu3o
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:00 pm

Go to the inchworm, you sluggard. (Paraphrasing Proverbs 6:6)
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Post by JANE DOErell » Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:45 pm

etymonline.com says, for inch " late O.E. ynce, M.E. unche (current spelling c.1300), from L. uncia "a twelfth part,"
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Post by jeffreys » Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:47 pm

dalehileman wrote: Don't know about inch but have heard that foot was the length of some king's extremity. Otherwise,

http://tinyurl.com/37wu3o
I hope that the extremity was only pedal in nature- or else someone's been favoured with an overly generous endowment, regal or otherwise.
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