FrangibleCover wrote:I'm doing Aerospace Engineering in the UK and occasionally we get example problems from US sources that use inches and kips (kilopound-force) and the aircraft travels at 1 megafoot/fortnight or whatever. It makes basically no difference since the equations are the same but it always feels so wrong.
I agree that it is a megagram but the term certainly isn't in common parlance over here in Semi-metricland. Perhaps a real European could weigh in?
Megafoot? Fortnight? That would just be giving in miles and biweekly. Those examples are full of shit.
I'm willing to bet if I pulled someone off the street, they couldn't tell me what a fortnight is. I'm just used to having to put everything in engineering notation. Granted, I don't go higher than kilo- but milli-, mirco, nano- and occasional pico- shows up.