Maybe some of our English brethern can shed some light on this. I've never been across the pond so I don't know. I was thinking about this last night immediately after I wondered why aluminum foil is shiny on one side. England uses metric instead of standard measurements correct? In England, are the terms 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc... used and how does it apply to measurements? Here we say something is two and three-quarters inches (2¾") in length. In Europe do you say the same thing is 69.85 millimeters? I'm wondering this because of the train platform in Harry Potter. What was it, platform nine and three-quarters or something like that? I know it doesn't pertain to length or volume per se, but are simple fractions part of British vocabulary or is it normally converted to something else?