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1 imperial gill ≡ 5 imperial fluid ounces ≡ 1⁄32 imperial gallon ≡ 1⁄4 imperial pint ≡ 142.0653125 ml ≈ 142 ml ≈ 1.2 US gills
1 US gill ≡ 4 US fl oz ≡ 1⁄32 US gallon ≡ 1⁄4 US pint ≡ 1⁄2 US cup ≡ 8 tablespoons ≡ 24 teaspoons ≡ 32 US fluid drams ≡ 77⁄32 in3 ≡ 118.29411825 ml ≈ 118 ml ≈ 5⁄6 imperial gills
In Great Britain, the standard single measure of spirits in a pub was 1⁄6 gill (23.7 ml) in England, and 1⁄5 gill (28.4 ml) in Scotland; after metrication this was replaced by either 25 or 35 ml (0.176- or 0.246-gill) measures (landlords can choose which one to serve). The 1⁄4 gill was previously the most common measure in Scotland, and still remains as the standard measure in pubs in Ireland. In southern England, it is also called a noggin. In northern England, however, the large noggin is used, which is two gills. In some areas, a gill came to mean half a pint for both beer and milk.
In Ireland, the standard spirit measure was historically 1⁄4 gill. In the Republic of Ireland, it still retains this value, though it is now legally specified in metric units as 35.5 ml.
In popular culture
There are occasional references to a gill in popular culture, such as in the cumulative song "The Barley Mow". In L. Frank Baum's "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" one of the ingredients required for a magic spell is a gill of water from a dark well. In chapter 19 the obscure unit is used for humor including a pun with Jack and Jill, which also involved a well.
Because of its more widely used homograph, gill is often mispronounced with a hard 'g' sound.
Show host Stephen Fry mispronounced gill in a 2013 edition of the BBC TV programme QI.
- Not i// as in a fish's gill
- This was the legal definition although in some areas a gill of milk or beer is referred to as a half-pint; elsewhere a gill was the 1⁄3 pint of milk given free to school children.
- after 1985 in the UK, c. 1964 in Canada
- after 1964 redefinition of litre and 1959 redefinition of inch
- International Dictionary of Food and Cooking by Charles Gordon Sinclair, ISBN 1-57958-057-2, published by Taylor & Francis, 1998
- "Good Luck to the Barley Mow, lyrics and audio". Chivalry.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
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