No, Not Meteorology, Metrology

And no, it isn’t the science of metrosexuals. Nor is it a sister store to Anthropologie. I ran into this word while doing some editing the other day and almost corrected it to “meteorology.” Thankfully I didn’t, or I would have looked pretty ignorant–and incapable of using a dictionary (of course, in my head: “Ha! How could they spell ‘meteorology’ wrong … and ten different times in the same document?”).

Onto definitions. Metrology is:

1:  the science of weights and measures :  the science of measurement
2:  a system of weights and measures
And guess what? It’s a word that gets used!
“Ben Singer, a 3D scanning specialist at Woking-based Physical Digital, has graduated from the world’s first and only foundation degree in Metrology with a Distinction.”
And Phys.org:
“But even old hands in the Fluid Metrology Group were surprised last fall when they were called into a dispute over the metrics of maple sap.”
And finally, AllAfrica.com:
“Minister of Industry and Mines Abdessalem Bouchouareb stressed Wednesday in Algiers the bill on the national metrology system will help strengthening national sovereignty and promote industrial competitiveness.”
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