Unusual Units of Measurement

Unusual Units of Measurement

If someone actually drank a "butt load" of wine, they'd be in big trouble. The word butt comes from a Medieval French and Italian word for boot, "botte." One butt of wine equals 126 U.S. gallons (about 477 liters). Two butts equals one tun, and two hogsheads equals one butt.


Key Facts In This Video

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    A "dash" of an ingredient in cooking is exactly 1/8 of a teaspoon. (0:37)

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    A "hogshead" is a unit of measurement for wine, which equals 63 gallons. A "butt" equals two hogsheads. (1:55)

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    An "oxgang" is a unit of measurement used to measure an area of land approximately equivalent to 15 acres. (6:30)

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