You talk, we understand – The way out of the tower of Babel


Babel 150This leaflet, prepared by the Eurachem Education and Training Working Group, explains the importance of having a common language when discussing measurements. It highlights some terms which are commonly confused or misunderstood, references the International Vocabulary of Metrology ("the VIM"), and introduces the Eurachem Guide on Terminology in Analytical Measurement.

This second edition updates the Information Leaflet to align with the second edition of the Eurachem Guide "Terminology in Analytical Measurement", published in 2023.



This second edition of the information leaflet is currently available in English. For translations of the previous edition, see 'previous editions', below.

1. Dates shown are dates of first publication on this website.


Translation into other languages is encouraged for members of Eurachem. Other offers of translation should be directed to the Eurachem Secretariat for permission. The Eurachem policy on maintenance and development of Eurachem guidance, available on the Policies page, gives further information on translation.

Previous editions

The first edition of this information leaflet can be found here, in our publication archive. Selected translations of the first edition are listed below for convenience pending translation of the second edition.

1. Amended April 2017