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This page is about the country of England specifically, and the English people in general.


England uses English but uses some different (from 'American English') words for certain things. For example Mum rather than Mom on invite letters.

Date Format

Most people in England currently use a Day, Month, Year notation for most things

  • DD/MM/YY

When a time as well as a date need to be given it will some times be given in what is called in England, the International format which goes Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Second.


When written in English the format of the date is typically the Day Month of Year

  • 18th June 1984
  • 18th day of June 1984
  • Eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1984

Regnal Years

Regnal Years are counted from the beginning of a monarch's reign. The years are counted from the day the reign started, but the day and the month are taken from the (Julian or Gregorian) calendar in force.

An example of a regnal date (is "on the twentieth day of May in the nineteenth year of our Sovereign King George the Second" which would be 20th May 1746 as George reigned from 11 June 1727

School System

The school system in England is different to that of the United States - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_England

  • Nursery: 3 - 4 Years Old (Compulsory)
  • Infant School: 4 - 7 Years Old (Compulsory)
  • Junior School: 7 - 11 Years Old (Compulsory)
  • Senior / Secondary School: 11 - 16 Years Old (Compulsory - Until 16 Years Old)
  • Six Form College / Vocational College: 16 Years Old and Onwards (Voluntary)
  • Higher Education / University: 18 Years Old and Onwards (Voluntary)

The Metric System

As a member of the European Union England in theory uses the metric system, however in practise most people in England still think in terms of imperial measurements


Hight is measured in feet and inches in most cases, however medical reports now tend to favour measuring people in Meters.


Weight is measured in Stones or Kilo-grams. Unlike in America people in England don't measure their weight in Lb but prefer to give their weight as something like 13 and a half stone.


Distance is measured formally in Miles, although informally some distances are given as the time it would take to walk between the distances ie. "Cardiff is 3 hours from Pontypridd".

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