I was looking up an old recipe the other day and noticed it mentioned adding a pinch of salt. It made me wonder if there is an exact measurement for a pinch. And how about a dash?
Pinch. A pinch is half of a dash, thus 1/16 teaspoon.
Smidge. I have always heard this as a smidge, but it is really a smidgen. A smidgen is half of a pinch, thus 1/32 of a teaspoon.
How about measurements of time? We all say “I’ll be there in a jiffy.” I am way off with that statement because a jiffy is 0.1 second. I don’t think I can do anything as speedy as a jiffy.
Wait a moment. Now that is more my speed. A moment is 90 seconds.
And measurements of time are of special importance today due to Daylight Saving Time. (Please note that the correct usage is … Saving…, not Savings.) Yup, time to spring ahead and lose that hour. Guess it will take me a fortnight* or so to reset my internal clock and get to work on time.
*Fortnight = 2 weeks.