larger - smaller

30-V-2016 21:21

What's larger here than in the US?

- cabbage heads - what's sold in the US is generally about 15 cm in diameter; that's considered small here. 30 cm is not unusual.

- beet - although one can find beet the same size (cca 5cm) as there, twice as big is the norm

- bread loaves - 600g is the norm (used to be 1kg, then 800, then 700, then 600... and now there's a 500 as well, for some types of bread), vs the 453g (1 lb)

- beer - the 0,33 l is roughly the same as the 12 oz (0,35 l), but the 0,5 l and 2 l are just as frequent here, while rare or absent in the US

- sidewalks - if we don't count places like Manhattan, the regular sidewalk here is wide enough for four people (when built by the city; when built by house owners, bets are off)

- sheet paper - the regular format is A4, which is larger than letter

- voltage of the electricity - 220/380V vs 110/220; also it's 3-phase vs 2-phase

- toilet seats - while they fit the same size butt (with some US-style exceptions growing on fast food recently) and have the same width, they are taller by about 5cm.

What's smaller here than in the US?

- } spoon, aka spoonlet, is about 2/3 of the US teaspoon

- onion - a regular head is up to 8 cm in diameter; in the US 15cm is not rare (although the small can be found too)

- {A 0569 "traffic"} lanes and {A 0559 "parking"} spots - even though there are SUVs now (but pickup trucks not), most of these were built when fića was the norm, and were considered large enough

- cars - again, while many of the cars are just the same as in the US (most of the Toyota, VW, Ford et al), the small and compact cars, with engines below 1200 ccm, are the norm

- SUVs - of the few which can be seen, none are lifted or fitted with larger wheels

- toilets - the seats and pissoirs are the same, but the rooms are smaller, frequently crammed into whatever space was available; even in new office buildings they stuck with the minimal standards which were originally written to accommodate the old buildings' conditions

- grocery shops - many are adjusted to a far smaller footprint, so either no carts, or the carts are just larger baskets with wheels and a telescoping handle. There are some american-style box shops opening recently, but even those don't take as much space as an ordinary Kroger does.

- coffee - there's no such thing as a 20 oz coffee here; but then it's much stronger

- flags on poles - haven't seen any poles on parkings; there may be a big one on a public square in front of a city hall or such building, but then it's stretched vertically along the pole, not wider than 1,2 m, and not taller than 3 m.

- appliances - the volume of an average fridge is about half of its US counterpart; the stove is about 20% narrower.

- egg carton - not a dozen anymore, now it takes 10 eggs

- kitchen sink drain is 40 mm (identical to that on a {A 0475 "bathroom"} basin or tub), not 100mm as in the US

- {A 0518 "furniture"} - the upholstery is not so thick and it generally doesn't take as much space

- {A 0486 "packs"} of parmesan larger than 50g bags are impossible to find in regular {A 0493 "supermarkets"}; back in SFRY there were 250g bags; for some (trademark?) reason it's not called parmesan either, so I barely found it

- coconut - it's not shredded, it's ground. It's called coconut flour, but it's not as fine as that, perhaps between farina and poppy seed size. Which means that many recipes for {A 0540 "cakes"} contain it as an ingredient for either the dough or the filling.