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No. Definition given is dodgy, and misleading. "4x2" can not be used conversationally (without much derision.) It possibly might be listed as a classification on an automotive spec-sheet, but probably not by manufacturers, right? --Connel MacKenzie 16:29, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Not only possibly, but actually [1]! It's odd to see that the first pictured hit is a book called Jeep, but surely no American would be derisive of Willys; even in the UK some of us know they helped win WW2! It shows how much automotive aspirations have changed in the last 60 yrs. Needs some work though.
Also, it's used much more commonly in UK (in spite of metrication) to mean a length of wood of cross-section 4" x 2". Is that universal, or merely UK use?
And is/was it 4x2 or 2x4 (or neither) that the army used to use to clean rifles? --Enginear 21:30, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Re the wood cross section mentioned above, 4x2 is commonly used in Australia, and that is what I thought the listing was about when I first saw it. To be honest, it is used enough to be listed as a definition in its own right, but I'll think it over during the weekend. --Dmol 21:52, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

  • four by two is definitely UK for a length of wood of this cross-section in inches. It has sometimes been used as rhyming slang for Jew (I seem to remember). SemperBlotto 22:13, 26 January 2007 (UTC) (p.s. I was expecting that to be a red link)
It's two by four for wood in US, or at least in the Midwest. Cerealkiller13 01:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Anywhere in the US, it's 2x4. 4x2 will get you strange looks. Very strange looks, like maybe you need to be hit with a clue-by-four ;-) Robert Ullmann 16:17, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
It's two by four in the United States. In the UK, Australia and NZ and other commonwealth countries its four by two.
  • Well, all that aside, the b.g.c. link above shows one use followed by a plethora of mathematics books. Is calling a vehicle a 4x2 simply a UKism? (I think we've agreed the lumber sense of four inches by two inches is uniquely UK already, right?) --Connel MacKenzie 00:04, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
RFVfailed in the vehicle sense. — Beobach972 00:48, 24 May 2007 (UTC)


I'm surprised that people couldn't find the meaning of 4x2 for vehicles, since it so commonly used in North America. (If you know pickups...) 08:43, 2 October 2008 (UTC)