Dubai: The UAE has announced it is leaving the ever shortening list of countries still using the gallon in January.

The switch to the metric system will have a profound affect on every aspect of our lives, including the way we speak.

Gulf News brings you a few facts and a guide to changes in your language the metric system will bring.

The new metric language: 

  • The 10 Gallon Hat is now know as the 45 Litre hat
  • Jewellery stores begin selling the Litrez line of Swiss watches
  • Pharmacies now have Dr. Scholl’s Athlete’s 30 centimetre spray
  • McDonald’s begin serving 113 gram burger
  • Actor Edward Furlong will be known as Edward 201 metres
  • Book Stores begin selling Jules Verne’s 96,560 kilometres Under the Sea
  • Fish now breathe through 142mililitres
  • Vertically challenged people can no longer be called pint-sized but 568 millilitre-sized
  • Winnie the Pooh now lives at 4 million square metre wood
  • You now have to walk 1.6km in someone’s shoes to know them

A gallon of facts: 

  • The Gallon was officially standardized in 1824.
  • Before standardization the volume of a gallon depended on what was being measured like the corn gallon and the wine gallon.
  • Britain adopted a close approximation to the ale gallon known as the Imperial gallon and abolished all other gallons in favour of it.
  • The US gallon is 3.8 litres while the imperial gallon is 4.5 litres
  • The Imperial gallon continues to be used as a unit of measurement in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Burma (Myanmar), Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana and Sierra Leone.

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