As much as I find it ridiculous that *certain countries* stick to imperial units, I do admit that in English, certain idioms sound better in their original form.
Despite that, we have to adapt our language and move forward with the times.
So here are all the classic idioms, originally written in imperial units (or in imperial currencies), now converted to metric units.
- Your kilometrage may vary
- If you could walk 1.61 km in my shoes…
- Give them 2.54 cm, and they’ll take 160,934.4 cm
- We need a better 0.91m stick
- He won’t budge a centimetre!
- He’s the best fighter of all time, kilogram for kilogram
- Don’t you worry — he’ll get his 454 g of flesh
- 27g of prevention is worth 0.45kg of cure
Idioms from Currencies
- He’s cent-wise, but Euro-foolish
- I could land this thing on a ten-cent piece!
- Let me give you my $0.02…
There, that’s all the ones I can think of, for now… you’re welcome. Now, for more ridiculous idioms, look at my guide to Australian slang for the workplace.