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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 5 months ago

why do Britishers use stones to with things? I live in London and people say they weigh as much as a bunch of stones?

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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?

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  • F
    Lv 6
    5 months ago
    Best 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.

    • C
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      It depend on the shop. I've noticed that Tesco have started sneaking in litre jugs among the 2pt jugs for "local milk" dairies. I felt really cheated when I got home! The same dairy supplies 2pt jugs to the co-op. Now I check carefully. Lidl definitely sell milk in litres which is to be expected.

  • Heike
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    16 ounces = 1 pound

    14 pounds = 1 stone

    8 stones = 1 hundredweight

    20 hundredweight = 1 ton.

  • 5 months ago

    I doubt if anybody living in London would so clueless.

  • 5 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 With the advent of metrication, Europe's various "stones" were superseded by or adapted to the kilogram from the mid-19th century on.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.

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  • 5 months ago

    14 lbs = one stone.

  • 5 months ago

    It's an old measurement. 1 stone = 14 pounds.

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    Stone (unit) - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_(unit)

    The stone or stone weight (abbreviation: st.) is an English and imperial unit of weight now equal to 14 pounds (6.35029318 kg).

    • John P
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      You could also ask why the USA is almost the only place on Earth which still uses pounds to weigh things of any sort. Almost all countries, including Britain, use the metric system, with kilograms being the major "medium size" weight. Actually, many medical facilities in Britain now use kilograms.

  • 5 months ago

    It's indicative of their primitive way of thinking, which is currently about 75 years behind the rest of the world.

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      5 months agoReport

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  • 5 months ago

    Old weight standards in their culture.

  • Brian
    Lv 5
    5 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.

    • john5 months agoReport

      obviously. ive lived in London for over 20 years. born in Switzerland and have Belgian AND SWISS CITIZENSHIP. I WAS ASKING ABOUT THIS STONE BS. nowhere else in europe do I hear people say they weigh as much as a bunch of stones

  • Ray
    Lv 7
    5 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.

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