I’m surprised you didn’t ask, “What’s P.V.C. pipe. After I wrote that, I wondered if you had the same materials. We use the P.V.C. pipe for under ground pipes for lawn sprinklers.
I believe our inches, feet and yards are probably the same. About forty some years ago we started to convert to teaching the metric system but too many people balked. Yes it is confusing because I never learned the metric. Same thing with Fahrenheit and Centigrade. We use Fahrenheit. But usually our thermometers give both. Sometimes our rulers do that, give both.
Now I get confused when I hear British on the B.B.C. America (My favorite station) refer to people’s weight in stones. We use pounds. You use pounds instead of dollars. It’s amazing that we have a language that somewhat overlaps. Torches are flashlights, lifts are elevators, and so many others!
And spelling? Well, I like theatre but always get marked down for not spelling theater. I wonder if our spelling has a similar reason as the changing of the fork from the left hand to the right.
Our eating habits began with the American Revolution. It has been stated by some historians that Americans developed the fork routine to show the British that we were not cruder but actually had “more manners” by the extra movement of the fork! Implying that we were just as good as you English if not better! Oh those rebellious colonist!
Perhaps the simpler spelling shows an admiration for simplicity. I’m sure there must be a reason.
Oh so long ago, Please don’t let me wind you up.