Many English majors, if not most, will admit to having no talent for math. I certainly will. To give English majors a point of reference when judging weight, which will help in planning trips to the library to trade out textbooks, I give you the English Major System of Weight Measurement. Its basis is imperial units, but as textbooks have the same heft regardless of the country in which they are read, the EMSWM will assist in international communication between scholars.
Here are some handy conversions for quick reference. I suggest printing out this little chart and keeping it in your wallet in case of emergency.
|Oxford English Dictionary (Full): 27.5 lbs||1 OEDf = 5 Shakespeare|
|Complete Works of Charles Dickens: 25 lbs||1 OEDf = 6.1 Norton|
|Oxford English Dictionary (Compact): 18 lbs||1 OEDc = 4 Norton|
|Complete Works of Shakespeare: 5.5 lbs||1 Dickens = 4.5 Shakespeare|
|Norton: 4.5 lbs|
|MLA Handbook: 1 lb|
As you can see, the EMSWM is simple to use. Soon, it will become an international standard. Here are some examples of how the EMSWM can be used:
Recipe for MLA Cake:
1 MLA butter
1 MLA eggs
1 MLA sugar
1 MLA flour
Cream butter, eggs, and sugar, then add flour and mix thoroughly. Bake at 350F/177C in greased Bundt cake pan for 1 hour or until golden brown. Note: I haven’t actually tried this. Let me know how it turns out.
The EMSWM can also be used for devising a workout program, increasing strength to maximize the efficiency of library trips with the ability to carry more books. Curls should be done beginning with 1MLA dumbbells, then should increase to ½ Norton, then a full Norton or a Shakespeare as strength improves. Since bench presses and squats target stronger muscle groups, one may wish to begin such exercises with an OEDc and an OEDf respectively. For safety’s sake, be certain to consult your
doctor librarian before putting together an exercise regimen.