Friday, January 26, 2007

Units.

Yellow and I were talking (briefly) the other day about what our brains do to entertain themselves/comfort themselves. He counts by the power of two, like Ender. My brain usually makes either anagrams or lists. More often than not, the list I'm making in my head is a list of all the units I can think of. And here it is:

- palette
- flat
- crate
- bin
- pan
- cup
- tablespoon
- teaspoon
- dozen
- liter (everything from kilo to mili)
- meter (" " ")
- baker's dozen
- box
- carton
- jug
- bottle
- can
- chapter
- verse
- line
- part
- stave
- volume
- decible
- ohm
- volt
- byte
- gig
- bunch
- stick
- cluster
- fortnight
- load
- lot
- pride
- school
- gaggle
- herd
- flock
- galaxy
- solar system
- lyr
- ward
- branch
- stake
- region
- area
- zone
- mission
- family
- couple
- pair
- slew
- bushel
- league
- cubit
- foot
- inch
- yard
- mile
- gross
- basket
- bag
- handful
- fistful
- plateful
- glass
- slab
- stack
- cube
- edition
- measure
- phrase
- bar
- congregation
- troupe
- platoon (or 'toon, if you want to go back to Ender references)
- batallion
- legion
- population
- species
- race
- genus
- class
- dollar
- penny
- cent
- dime
- nickel
- quarter
- euro
- sheckel
- shilling
- yen
- peso
- franc
- buck
- acre
- furlong
- board
- sheet
- bundle
- dash
- pinch
- drop
- gallon
- degree
- ream
- group
- half (and any other fraction)
- pitcher
- tray
- spoonful
- roll
- rod
- panel
- series
- episode
- trilogy
- hour
- second
- day
- year
- minute
- century
- decade
- millenium
- cycle
- rotation
- revolution
- particle
- segment
- feature
- phoneme
- piece
- slice
- cut
- dollop
- pile
- mess
- hunk
- chunk
- pool
- gob
- string
- strand
- tube
- pouch
- packet
- pocketful
- bouquet
- arrangement
- stalk
- barrel
- vine
- ounce (and FL.OZ)
- gram (and all that that implies)
- pound
- sack
- head
- bulb
- clove
- block
- wheel
- wedge
- pad
- pot
- dish
- chest
- trunk
- parcel
- package
- quart
- quark
- molecule
- watching Countdown
- week
- month
- batch
- crop
- paragraph
- page
- sentence
- hectare
- entry
- post
- cell
- cel
- kingdom
- phylum
- order
- city
- town
- state
- note
- beat
- work
- household
- pane
- bolt
- spool
- lock
- jar
- brick
- coin
- bill
- pellet
- nugget
- patty
- squirt
- sprinkle
- smattering
- dot
- smear
- bale
- case
- bucket
- scoop
- cone
- round
- cartridge
- shell
- clip
- mug
- shot
- pint
- floor
- story
- complex
- session
- room
- suite
- bit
- tad
- mite
- smidgen (smidge is also acceptable)
- scoshe (how does one actually spell this word? phonetically, it's skowS - imagine that last one to look like an elongated s)


The fun part is when you use them interchangeably. For example, take the sentence, "I would like a(n) [unit] of beef, please." The usual units would be "slice", "cut", "piece", "pound", "ounce", "chunk", "slab", etc. It gets interesting when you start to use "strand", "pocketful", "scoop", "hour", or "watching Countdown".

If you can think of any units that I haven't (without looking them up), please add them. I think physics terms and world currencies are my weakpoints.

So there you have it.

(*Edit 6-27-86: "Cookie" is now a unit)

6 reason(s) to click here:

Uffish Thought said...

Flippin' said the other day that I was due for three units of action. Whatever those are.

Optimistic. said...

The fun thing about "skosh" is that it's derived from the Japanese sukoshi, which means "a little." Both the i and the u are whispered, so the Japanese even sounds like the English "skosh."

As you were.

ahem. said...

No one is going to read all this.

Flops said...

I read it all and I would like one phylum of beef and five revolutions of action please. Thank you.

krebscout said...

I forgot some:

-cruz
-drum
-sheaf

And, as Optimistic. pointed out,

-eon

flippin said...

I'd like one spool of lovin'.
Actually, make that an eon.