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I'm slowly reading a very interesting book called The Measuring of America by Andro Linklater. In this early chapter, the author is talking about the inexactitude of measurement in the olden days. My favorite inexact measure so far is the French hupee, which is the distance a voice carries.


  1. Kai Carver said...
    I'm sure it's interesting but just the name makes it sound unbearably tedious.
    "The Vacuuming of my Apartment"
    "The Grouting of my Tub"
    "The Clipping of my Toenails"
    (yawn dislocates jaw)
    tracy said...
    I love to grout.
    Kai Carver said...
    Grout. Grout GROUT.
    Grout grouch.
    Kraut grout grouch.
    tracy said...
    The book is actually called more simply "Measuring America." The pretentious side of my personality must have added the extra article and preposition when I wasn't looking.

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