I use and feel equally comfortable with both measurement systems or rarely, a mix of both when necessary. In the past, I used the term "Imperial." This Wikipedia article says, 'The United States Code refers to these units as "traditional systems of weights and measures". Other common ways of referring to the system in the U.S. are: "customary", "standard", or, erroneously: "English", or "imperial" ...'
-> I stand corrected. Going forward, I will call the US measurement system "standard."
My Freud dado blade set came with a chart which listed the blade configurations for various standard unit widths. I needed a 3/8 inch dado and followed the chart - two blades and one chipper. What I got was not 3/8 inch. The set came with shims, but Freud did not want to show that they were necessary for accurate standard unit cuts. I am still angry with Freud over that. I would have preferred an accurate chart, shims and all. See:
There was a thread here where someone wrote about the different woodworking traditions in Japan, and how they contrast with those here in the US. They asked for suggestions of which woodworking traditions we could borrow from other cultures around the world to improve our own woodworking. My response was simple, "Switch to metric."
I would be pleased if the US could pick a day, switch to metric, and be done with it. It would give us a tremendous boost to our economy. What I see is slow but steady progress towards that goal, driven by our entities (businesses, military, etc.) that must interact with the rest of the world. I doubt that a complete conversion will happen in my time.
noted, our country is the only one to get people to the moon. That said, we also burned up a probe in the Martian atmosphere because two software modules performed computations in standard and metric unit systems respectively, and failed to convert between them:
I bet @johnedp34
remembers the day when the UK moved to a decimal currency. Does anybody remember the day when Sweden switched from left side driving to right side driving?