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Offline desertwomble

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2x4 vs 4x2
« on: January 16, 2011, 11:07:41 PM »
Okay, here's a weird one!

The common length of wood that's 2 inches by 4 inches (or 4 inches by 2 inches).

Do we call it two-by-four, or four-by-two?

I've googled it, but the results are ambiguous. So what do you folks say?

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« Last Edit: January 16, 2011, 11:33:34 PM by desertwomble »

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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 11:51:17 PM »
Having done some construction we always referred to them as 2x4's
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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 12:11:09 AM »
I've only heard then referred to as 2X4.
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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 12:53:21 AM »
Thanks for that, guys. Here's the paragraph it'll be used in.

"Mindy’s mind raced, sifting through scenarios of vengeance against the elderly educator – a staged mugging, a house fire, a crack to the back of the skull with a length of two-by-four…"

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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 02:17:13 AM »
It depends whether you're British or American, Womble -- Brits say four by two. :afro:
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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 02:32:36 AM »
Hmmmmmmmm! I thought that might be what the Google results were getting at. Okay, since the piece I'm currently working on is for a British based competition, I'll use the British version for now.

"Mindy’s mind raced, sifting through scenarios of vengeance against the elderly educator – a staged mugging, a house fire, a crack to the back of the skull with a length of four-by-two…" (British Version)


"Mindy’s mind raced, sifting through scenarios of vengeance against the elderly educator – a staged mugging, a house fire, a crack to the back of the skull with a length of two-by-four…" (American Version)

Who would have thought wood / timber / lumber could be so interesting?

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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 02:46:15 AM »
Reminds me a bit of when I was in Zimbabwe where they say, 'every Tom, Harry and Dick' instead of 'every Tom, Dick and Harry'.

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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 01:30:08 PM »
Should be metric really, but... to the back of the skull with a lump of 100mm by 50mm... sucks. Whoops, now I'm in trouble with the EU's metric police. :bleh:
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Re: 2x4 vs 4x2
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 03:33:14 PM »
...length of...?

in the english i speak we call it a two- by-four, period....... i guess its cus we dont waste words......


eg: -- the best way to puncture a tyre is with a nail driven through a two-by-four

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