why do Britishers use stones to with things? I live in London and people say they weigh as much as a bunch of stones?
I was talking to this fat women unfortunately and she toil dme she weighed 27 stones and needed to lose 10 stones. she looked like she was about 350 lbs. I told her she should lose 225 lbs and so I assume a stone is 13 lbs. How do they measure units less than a stone?
- FLv 65 months agoBest answer
We are very mixed up with our units. True most people say they weigh "10 stone", not 140 pounds or 62 kg. We buy petrol (gas) by the litre but say our cars do 40 miles per gallon. We buy milk by the litre but beer by the pint.
We are generally 6 ft tall not 1.8 metres, but buy timber or fabric by the metre, although a yard is close enough we don't care.. Our cars are 1.6 litre but can do 110 mph. if it's hot, it's 90F, if it's cold, it's -2C. We measure houses by the number of bedrooms not sq ft or sq m.
- HeikeLv 65 months ago
16 ounces = 1 pound
14 pounds = 1 stone
8 stones = 1 hundredweight
20 hundredweight = 1 ton.
- MercuryLv 75 months ago
I doubt if anybody living in London would so clueless.
- Gray BoldLv 75 months ago
England and other Germanic-speaking countries of northern Europe formerly used various standardised "stones" for trade, with their values ranging from about 5 to 40 local pounds (roughly 3 to 15 kg) depending on the location and objects weighed. The United Kingdom's imperial system adopted the wool stone of 14 pounds in 1835. With the advent of metrication, Europe's various "stones" were superseded by or adapted to the kilogram from the mid-19th century on. The stone continues in customary use in Britain and Ireland for body weight, but was prohibited for commercial use in the UK by the Weights and Measures Act of 1985.Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_(unit)
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- tellitlikeitisLv 75 months ago
14 lbs = one stone.
- ◄♦►Lv 55 months ago
It's indicative of their primitive way of thinking, which is currently about 75 years behind the rest of the world.
- vulcan_alexLv 75 months ago
Old weight standards in their culture.
- BrianLv 55 months ago
1 stone = 14 lbs, so 16 lbs here would be 1stone-2 lbs , 20 lbs would be 1 stone-6 lbs and so on, its just the units of messurements we use. (I'm from Scotland in the UK therfore i'm British, let it be known that British does not mean English, it also includes Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish ( not the republic of Ireland though which is a country in its own right, i add this because i'm tired of people here thinking England (is) the UK, which is as ignorant as thinking Texas is the U.S.
- RayLv 75 months ago
14 pounds make 1 stone.
Historically we British measured masses, especially of people, in ounces, pounds (16 ounces) and stones.
For example I am 11 stone 1 pound which equates to 155 pounds or about 70.5 kg.