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Sunday, December 24, 2006

When did this happen?

Perhaps I shouldn't ask this question. It may show my age and that I'm not keeping up. But.....

When did we begin to call 12 midnight 12 a.m. and 12 noon 12 p.m.? I was taught that wasn't correct and that it must always be either midnight or noon. But I've noticed on the radio and a few other places that 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. seems to be coming into common usage? Is this another part of the computer age?

It's confusing to me, but I'm sure it would work fine if one were taught that way from the beginning. Every time I hear 12 a.m. (or 12 p.m.) I have to think about when that is.

3 comments:

Jim1927 said...

Right you are, mate. The A.M and P.M. do not apply to either midnight (2400 hours) or noon (1200 hours). Maybe we should revert to the 24 hour clock of the military.

I think it is a common mistake, however.

Cheers at 22:09,

Jim

Bro. Matt said...

believe it or not, as a "young" guy, i like 12 noon and 12 midnight better. but that's just me.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the entire world needs to start using the 24 hour clock.
Hoyt Sparks 1938 hours, 2006DEC29