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anneddwen
1099225.  Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:47 pm Reply with quote

Midday and midnight seem to have become unknown terms for a very large percentage of the UK population.
Regularly one sees 12 am. or 12 pm. on news broadcasts, aeroplane timetables and the rest!
The time 12 is neither ante meridiem or post meridiem, not am. or pm., it is M. or Midday, Noon or Midnight.
Why do supposedly educated people not know this fact?

 
anneddwen
1099226.  Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:48 pm Reply with quote

Puzzling !

 
CharliesDragon
1099228.  Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Technically you are right, but I think twelve-hour clocks with AM and PM displayed have to show something... Especially before things become digital it would be impractical to have "midday" and "midnight" as extra options. Maybe...

Sort of related, I get a bit annoyed when people say "Twelve noon." Just say "noon," for heaven's sake, it means twelve o'clock in the day.

 
CB27
1099237.  Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:54 pm Reply with quote

My guess is that the use of 12am and 12pm has become more popular in use because of the increased use of technology, which requires uniformity in numbers.

 
'yorz
1099239.  Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:20 pm Reply with quote

I shudder when I see 12:05 am.
Us Continentals can count to 24, so I wanna see 00:05.

 
djgordy
1099282.  Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:42 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
Us Continentals can count to 24,

I can never remember what comes between 20 and 22.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1099295.  Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:39 am Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
'yorz wrote:
Us Continentals can count to 24,

I can never remember what comes between 20 and 22.


That would be 9 pm.

 
ali
1099300.  Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:55 am Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
'yorz wrote:
Us Continentals can count to 24,

I can never remember what comes between 20 and 22.


This may help:

 
Zziggy
1099306.  Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:36 am Reply with quote

To be fair, it's arguably only "meridian", rather than ante or post meridian, for an instant. Even one second past noon is technically post-meridian, surely.

CD - as far as "twelve noon" goes, I can only offer the possible excuse that, while noon implies twelve, twelve does not imply noon. Though I admit that doesn't matter if you just go with "noon" as you suggest.

 

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