Although, historically, the bulk of the US population hasn’t needed to use smaller units than the inch on a daily basis, in more recent times and especially in certain types of professions, a precise measurement below those two and a half centimeters has become completely necessary. The solution? 👇
2. HOW DO AMERICANS MEASURE THINGS SMALLER THAN AN INCH?
Measure in fractions of an inch: 1/2, 1/4, 1/16…
Measure in thousandths of an inch, called mil or thou.
Measure in points (1/72 of an inch) and derivatives such as picas (12 points) or twips (1/20 points).
Use the metric system for the smallest and most precise measurements.
And that’s how americans deal with measurements smaller than an inch in the United States.
I hope you found the explanation useful/curious.