Tuesday, 11 April 2017

I is for Inflation...A-Z Challenge 2017

My theme for the 2017 challenge is waffling on about random words!

That might not seem like a theme but if you read on you’ll discover it’s not quite as random as it sounds.  The words were generated using a word generator (https://randomwordgenerator.com/) and I opted for 4 words each day.  I might focus on one or try and incorporate them all into the post.

Choosing the words this way has given me a challenge and a common thread to my posts but it has also allowed me to be myself and just waffle!  It’s what I’m good at.  (Don’t worry, I’m aiming for around 500 words per post so hopefully you won’t get stuck here for too long 😉)
And the words for today are….





I’ve never been very good with inflation.  I’m hopeless at blowing up balloons and not great at putting air in tyres.  Of course we’re usually more focussed on what the inflation rate is doing relating to prices and the cost of living, particularly in this Brexit era.  It’s hard to know which politicians to believe though, so many of them have inflated egos.

One thing that might come out of Brexit is a return to Imperial measures.  Personally I’m not sure it would be a good thing.  The younger generation only knows the metric system, which is of course much easier to navigate.  I’m not even sure they go beyond the 10 times table these days in multiplication.  Why would you when everything is done in 10s?

I’m mostly used to the metric system but my personal weighing scales still display in stones and pounds.  My weight equates to too many kilos to be able to convert it back easily into the system I grew up with.

It might be quite nice to carry out an investigation as to where some of our weird and wonderful terms for weights and measures originated.  There are so many of them.  I did learn about small fractions of a teaspoon when our cat was poorly.  She had to have a ¼ of a teaspoon of a powdered supplement added to her food.  It seemed a faff to try and estimate that so I invested in a set of very small measuring spoons that were the following:        

Tad     ¼ of a teaspoon
Dash   1/12th of a teaspoon

Smidgeon 1/16th of a teaspoon &

Pinch 1/32nd of a teaspoon

And for your additional information a Drop is equivalent to 1/64th!

Of course if I’m going to indulge myself in making or eating anything where chocolate is involved those measures will be useless!

What do you like to indulge in?


  1. I only heard that the Brexit will cost more than a lot ! I don't even know how the UK will pay that and the others wonder too. It's a pity that so many old people are politicians (nearly everywhere) and of course they stick to their grandparents mentality ! Besides the USA everybody uses the metric system ! Imagine that Australia or Canada should go back too ? I think even the Scots will protest and I hope the students ! They should move a bit more ! Instead of going to the future it's going back to the past. I only know that I payed for a daily travel card 4 £ in 1995 and now it's 12 £ in London. That's inflation ! In Belgium at least they can blame the Euro when everything increases, lol !

    1. Hopefully we will stay metric.

  2. Ugh, my Nutrition professor makes us use the metric system, I detest it...just saying, wink.

    Thank you for the smiles and I think it will be rough for a while for your country, but you will rebound, smiles.

    1. I think it's definitely going to be a bumpy ride!

  3. Yes to chocolate and you can't go back to Imperial measures and leave us here in Canada holding the metric system against the USA imperial system. Although I am with you , I can't do my weight in kilos.....good old pounds for me (I never could figure out the stone thing....)

    1. lol at the "stone" thing. We certainly have some weird and wonderful units of measurement.

  4. OK that was a tricky word combo to deal with.
    My indulgence is wine.


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