M&Ms of Jargon #3: A SERIES PAPER SIZES

May 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

M&Ms of Jargon #3: A SERIES PAPER SIZES

[what]
A simple explanation: The common paper sizes used universally

A complicated explanation (to feel smart): ISO metric standard paper size based on the square root of two ratio

[sizes]
The A0 sheet – the biggest size (841mm x 1189mm) is one square metre and each size (A1, A2, A3, A4, etc..) thereafter differs from the next by a factor of either 2 or ½.

i.e A0 = 2 A1 sheets = 4 A2 sheets = 8 A3 sheets = …..

[extra information to confuse you]
B series paper sizes : intermediate sizes to the A series sizes

[suggested usage of word]
“Having enough stock of toilet paper in a whole range of A-series paper sizes ensures that one is always decently clean.”

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source:
FORMAT by Ambrose/Harris
borrowed it from the bossman (Q. Berryman)!

image: Mike Harrington @ gettyimages

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