Miles are funny things

  • 1 Old English mile 2.1 km
  • 1 Roman mile estimated at 1479 m
  • 1 Statute mile 1.609 km
  • 1 Nautical mile 1853 m
  • 1 Scandinavian mile 10 km
  • 1 Geographical mile 7.4 km
  • 1 Metric mile 1500 m
  • 1 Irish mile 2.048 km

We talk about

  • milestones in a life
  • a mile a minute
  • going the extra mile
  • walking a mile in someone else’s shoes
  • a miss is as good as a mile
  • run a mile
  • give someone an inch and they will take a mile

….yet only three countries in the world don’t use the metric system: the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 thoughts

  1. Little known fact…..Smiles is the longest word in the English language….. there’s a mile between the two S’s !

  2. The UK is metric, but we still use miles not kilometers. Hubby had a BMW motorcycle and it can be switched from miles to Km as required, so useful when in the EU.

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