Max Robins of the New York-based Paley Center for Media pointed out how significant it was to scrap a show that still attracts almost 15 million viewers an episode. \”It makes CBS a tonne of money and for them to do this it had to be incredibly serious.\”
The difference between tonne and ton is not a matter of mere spelling differences between English English and American English.
The ton is either the Imperial (or long) ton of 2,240 lbs, or the short ton of 2,000 lbs (either could be common in US usage). The tonne is the metric tonne of 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs).
Agreed, this might seem trivial, but to one who works in the metals trade when you see \”ton\” the first thing you ask is \”ewhich ton\”? Whereas \”tonne\” has a well defined meaning.
But what this means is that when an American says \”ton\” we do not automatically transcribe it as \”tonne\” in English English.
It\’s fine that we change \”color\” and \”harbor\” to \”colour\” and \”harbour\”, but not \”ton\” to \”tonne\”.
Hmm, what\’s that? Yes, I suppose I ought to, you\’re right, get a life……