L is for length #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

L is for length or how long
Something is. A box’s volume is length by width by height.
Its area is length times width; not wrong
If you manage to keep the units right.

People often ask, “How long is a piece of string?”


It can be any length. The expression is used as a rhetorical question in answer to a question to which there is no definite answer. Many tape measures and rulers in the UK have centimetres on one side and inches on the other. In Europe the metric system is used, but in the US yards, feet and inches are preferred.

Different civilisations had their own systems of units. In some translations of the Bible the old names for units are used in the text with a footnote explaining how these convert to more familiar ones. Having accurate weights and measures has been important from the earliest times.The passages I have found for today’s post are about generosity (or meanness) and honest weights and measures. This command is accompanied by a promise of a reward for obedience.

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