It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes desregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating meric, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.
William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style
I'm reasonably tall for a New Zealand male: 188cm (that's six foot two, if you're still stuck in the dark ages...)
What I'd like to know is: How tall would I be if I were a Girl?
Don't get the wrong impression here — I don't spend a lot of time imagining what life would be like if I were a girl. No more than the average man, anyway... It's just that I wanted to see if my very tall female friend would be taller than me, given a fair genetic playing field.
My Female height came out at 174cm, five foot nine. My freind wins: she is 'taller' than me...
It's a little bit hokey — par for the course, I suppose... I found some data on human heights on the web, specifically the male and female values for mean height and standard deviation.
The webpage simply calculates how many standard deviations away your height is from the mean of your sex, then applies the same metric to the figures for the opposite sex.
Male | Female | |
Mean Height | 176.0cm (5' 9") | 163.6cm (5' 4.5") |
Standard Deviation | 5.96cm (2.35") | 5.33cm (2.10") |
For example, I am a human male standing 188cm (6'2") tall. The mean for my sex is 176.0cm - I am 12cm taller than the mean, or, almost exactly two standard deviations. The mean height for females of my species is 163.6cm. Two (female) standard deviations from that is 10.7cm. So 'my' height would be 174.3 cm, or about 5'9"...