One of the great drawbacks of the avoirdupois
system is that it doesn't have convenient units lighter than ounces, with the obscure exception of the dram, which is still used in shotshells.
Having defined obesity in terms of waist measurement and body mass index (BMI) in our last issue, we now turn to possible solutions for dealing with the epidemic of excess avoirdupois
that threatens the health of much of the American population.
Thus the average stout reader is more likely to seek out Oprah's weight-loss tips than a stylish, high-toned volume extolling avoirdupois
We are suggesting that the origin of Avoirdupois
weight (7000 gr.
On the other hand, in the avoirdupois
method of measuring weights, there are 16 drams per ounce and 256 drams per pound.
This will have the added benefit of educating those of us who have to pause and work out exactly what a 'g' is in relation to any measure that remotely corresponds to anything in our lives, so content are we in our ignorance to measure our world in incomprehensible avoirdupois
I suppose I should be thankful for the chance to make a fetish out of aging and avoirdupois