As a result of having to use two systems of measurement, many in the UK are familiar with neither. Philip Bladon, a regular contributor to MetricViews, draws our attention to yet another example.
Metric owes some of its success to its comprehensive system of symbols to denote units of measurement. This topic was discussed some time ago in a MetricViews article by Martin Vlietstra:
We in the UK use symbols for many purposes without a second thought, for example on the keys on our mobile phones. But it seems that the use of abbreviations in measurement is so deeply ingrained, going back in part to the Roman occupation, that the idea of symbols for measurements is something that many in Britain can not grasp.
Philip Bladon writes (and apologies from MetricViews for missing Pancake Day on 24 February):
Lyle’s Golden Syrup
Special Edition Anniversary Tin
PLEASING ON PANCAKES
Tate & Lyle has produced special tins for its Golden Syrup to celebrate its 125th birthday.
You might think that an extra special effort would have been made to ensure that all the things appearing on the tin would be correct.
The T&L website shows the front of the special tins:
On the back of a tin there’s the inkorrect symbol Kj.
Tate & Lyle have been contacted about this error. A spokesperson said seven designs were produced and six have been used.
The correct symbol for the unit kilojoule is kJ.
And see: A Dictionary Of International Units Metric-Matters: Names and Symbols