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United States Metrication

             “Within the next decade, the United States will go metric” (Deming), or so was the sentiment of the general American public in the mid-1970s. During this time period, the United States (US) was the last developed country worldwide not using the metric system for measurement, and the nation was strongly pushing towards metrication, conversion to the metric system. Today, unfortunately, the US is still using the customary system; the conversion hype has died down, but the country is in need of it now more than ever before. Every aspect of the customary system, also known as the Imperial system and the English system, is superceded by a similar yet superior aspect of the metric system. The customary system is, first and foremost, very complex in relation to the metric system, which is relatively simple. Additionally, conversion from our current system won’t be as involved or costly as most think, as many effective plans exist for the transition. Finally, metrication would be economically profitable, both for businesses and individuals, to the US. Conversion the metric system is the United States’ best choice and would ultimately benefit the country.
             Compared side by side with the customary system, the metric system is substantially easier to learn, understand, and begin incorporating into one’s daily life. One main reason for this is the myriad drawbacks involved with using the customary system. The origin of this system is the origin of its problems; the customary system has emerged as the result of millennia of gradual changes, and at every step along the way, it was tailored as deemed appropriate. Two common units, the foot and the grain, were respectively determined as the length of a human foot and the weight of a grain taken from the middle of an ear of wheat (Deming 45). Obviously, all human feet and wheat grains aren’t identical, so a large degree of error existed.