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Post by BedokAmerican » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:08 am

Yes, usually ground level is 1, although you might see B for basement sometimes. I think it depends on the type of building and region.

One thing I see here next to lifts is "Storey" as opposed to "level" or "floor."

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Post by katbh » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:19 am

^ yep British again

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Post by BedokAmerican » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:31 am

Here's another: "SMS" instead of "text" or "text message."

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Post by therat » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:36 am

SMS , Short for Short Message Service

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Post by BedokAmerican » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:46 am

"Short message service me" sounds funny.

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Post by PNGMK » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:33 pm

abbym wrote:Strangely, that is american I think? In the UK you start at ground, then go up to 1,2,3...etc. In north america the ground floor is level 1 if I remember correctly? Someone tell me if I'm wrong please! :)
I prefer (vastly) the European number line model

5
4
3
2
1
0
-1
-2

You know exactly where the 'datum' (ground level is). That's engineering in action.

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:52 pm

PNGMK wrote:
abbym wrote:Strangely, that is american I think? In the UK you start at ground, then go up to 1,2,3...etc. In north america the ground floor is level 1 if I remember correctly? Someone tell me if I'm wrong please! :)
I prefer (vastly) the European number line model

5
4
3
2
1
0
-1
-2

You know exactly where the 'datum' (ground level is). That's engineering in action.
It can be quite inconsistent in Singapore though. HDBs have the ground floor as storey 1. But in some malls, they start having fancy names such as "mezzanine," "upper ground floor", "lower ground floor", "foyer," or "holodeck." I think I've also seen some building where ground level is G as well.

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Post by PNGMK » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:53 pm

nakatago wrote:
PNGMK wrote:
abbym wrote:Strangely, that is american I think? In the UK you start at ground, then go up to 1,2,3...etc. In north america the ground floor is level 1 if I remember correctly? Someone tell me if I'm wrong please! :)
I prefer (vastly) the European number line model

5
4
3
2
1
0
-1
-2

You know exactly where the 'datum' (ground level is). That's engineering in action.
It can be quite inconsistent in Singapore though. HDBs have the ground floor as storey 1. But in some malls, they start having fancy names such as "mezzanine," "upper ground floor", "lower ground floor", "foyer," or "holodeck." I think I've also seen some building where ground level is G as well.
I have a suspicion that in Europe the floor numbers follow an ISO standard or similar. The BCA here is next to bloody useless hence the mish mash of systems.

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Post by Wd40 » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 2:34 pm

nakatago wrote:
PNGMK wrote:
abbym wrote:Strangely, that is american I think? In the UK you start at ground, then go up to 1,2,3...etc. In north america the ground floor is level 1 if I remember correctly? Someone tell me if I'm wrong please! :)
I prefer (vastly) the European number line model

5
4
3
2
1
0
-1
-2

You know exactly where the 'datum' (ground level is). That's engineering in action.
It can be quite inconsistent in Singapore though. HDBs have the ground floor as storey 1. But in some malls, they start having fancy names such as "mezzanine," "upper ground floor", "lower ground floor", "foyer," or "holodeck." I think I've also seen some building where ground level is G as well.
Oh! Now I know what the M symbol stands for in my office lift in One Changi City that serves only B1, B2 and M :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 2:48 pm

NEX has B2, B2 Mezzaine, B1, 1 -> 4 and 4R (roof) :o

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Post by BedokAmerican » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 3:12 pm

Here's another: When referring to vaccinations, "jab" instead of "shot."

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Post by zzm9980 » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 3:39 pm

BedokAmerican wrote:Here's another: "SMS" instead of "text" or "text message."
That's just you being an old fogey then. Everyone I know in the US under the age of 30 used SMS.

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Post by BedokAmerican » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 8:53 pm

Yikes! I guess being over 30 means I have one foot in the grave. I've got to go to bed now.

:roll:

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Post by SlowOkie » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 9:02 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
BedokAmerican wrote:Here's another: "SMS" instead of "text" or "text message."
That's just you being an old fogey then. Everyone I know in the US under the age of 30 used SMS.
We still "text" in my little corner of the US.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 13 Aug 2013 9:03 pm

BedokAmerican wrote:Yikes! I guess being over 30 means I have one foot in the grave. I've got to go to bed now.

:roll:
I guess that means I am the resurrection then! :cool:

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