Does a Hobbit weigh a hobbit?
Ah, words - as King Azaz sighed in The Phantom Tollbooth.
As I was paging through Black's Law Dictionary I was astounded to spot this:
HOBBIT. A measure of weight in use in Wales, equal to 168 pounds, being made up of four Welsh pecks of 42 pounds each. Hughes v. Humphreys, 26 Eng. L. & Eq. 132.Amazing. I guess a hobbit who weighed a hobbit would be a fairly chunky one.
Also, speaking of strange units to be discussed at the next meeting of the ISO:
RASUS. In old English law. A rase: a measure of onions, containing 20 flones, and each flone is 25 heads. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 12 § 12.So a Rase is 500 onions. I guess we'll soon speak of a megarase as 500,000,000 onions, and so forth; a centirase is just 5, and 2 millirases is a single onion. I feel so happy to know these units: flone, rase, hobbit. It is a good thing.
Question for homework: would a rase weigh a hobbit?
I know there was other stuff to tell, but the papers got away. And besides all my other stuff, I have to get back to Quayment - or Stirling. I forget which. Bye.