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Subject: Re: Giving your height
From: Russell (rleegoldgmail.com)
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:15:03 GMT
References: 1, 2
> > I'm wondering if it is common practice (or even uncommon practice) to give your height in centimeters over one meter. E.g., giving my height as 77-senchi, meaning 1.77 meters. Obviously only in informal contexts. I could have sworn that I heard people speak this way when I living in Japan, but I don't trust my memory.
> Yes, you say 1 mētoru 77 senchi or 177 senchi, and colloquially just 77 senchi.
Thanks so much. My memory wasn't that bad after all, it seems. Do you happen to know what happens for people above 2 meters? It's probably rare or remarkable enough that mentioning the number of meters is more likely. But, for instance, I'd guess that giving one's height as 110 centimeters, to mean 2 meters 10 cm, doesn't happen except humorously. Just a guess, though.
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