Sunday, June 19, 2011

Time

Peter is a serial offender at getting his AM and PM mixed up. As his country uses a twenty four hour clock system, we should forgive him.

How do you go with a twenty four clock? I am not bad with it as I have to use one at work. Still, even at work, probably to other's annoyance, I write in am and pm unless there is no other option. My workplace is quite perverse in that if I worked until 2 am, I would be working until 26.00.

At home we always set clocks to am/pm where we can. I can't see a twenty four clock ever catching on here, not when we use a twelve hour clock face. How can you visualise the time in the twenty four hour format with a twelve hour clock face? You can, but it requires thought. In the twenty first century, I think we are already overloading our brains and memory.

18 comments:

  1. I've worked with the twenty four clock for many years i just love to trick people when they come up to me on the street and ask the time and i quote the twenty four hour clock i get a lot weird stares which is absolutely fantastic and makes my day :-).

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  2. Sometime i get confuse considering TV program since in our country there are 3 different part of time.

    We have to convert the tv program schedule into local time.

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  3. Anonymous11:00 am

    I'm ok with 24 hour time but I don't use it personally. Do you remember how most of Japan writes time using the 24 hour system. I often have students telling me it's '20 o'clock' instead of 8pm! V.

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  4. I'm comfortable with the 24 hour system, since my first husband was in the Army and that's what they use, but I don't use it myself because all the clocks here are set to the 12 hour system.

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  5. As a nurse I used the 24 hr clock but with a normal 12 hour watch and could mentally flick between the two quickly for med charts and patient enquiries lol.

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  6. The 24 hour clock system is a leftover from the last months of WW2, when our liberators, Yanks, Canadians and other assorted troops drove the Nazis back to their homeland[s].

    It took some time but people learned to live by this military time scale.

    BTW, Andrew if you work till 2 am, it would be 14.00 my time. [26.00 doesn't fit in a 24 hour system, or do you write it of as overtime?]

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  7. I always have to convert 24 hr time, and I don't always do that correctly. But when you're on the road, who cares??

    Thanx so much for your comments on my blog - it's always a pleasure to hear from you!!

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  8. Windsmoke, you obviously take your pleasures in the afternoon and evenings then and not in the morning.

    Interesting Bali person. We have three time zones too, more when it is daylight saving time. But television and radio is not generally broadcast nationwide, but adjusted to local times.

    I do know V. Do you press the point about 8pm? Seems it might be harder to learn am and pm than it is to learn 24 hour clocks.

    River, my first husband...how very Elizabeth Taylor. I suppose once you know it, you don't forget it.

    Now Jayne, so hospitals use 24 hour clocks?

    So Peter, before WWII you used a twelve hour clock? The same would go for France, Germany etc? Not you personally of course. Once again you have proved yourself as a serial offender. 26.00 is 2am, not 14.00. that is two hours after midnight, 24.00. It might sound silly, but it is to keep the time as part of your working day when you started work the previous day. I'm sure that is as clear as trying to spot a guilder at the bottom of a canal.

    Red, when you are touring the quintessential Aussie areas of our country, the 24 hour clock should be verboten.

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  9. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

    let's stick with 24/7 or should that be 12/12/7 in your time zone? ;)

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  10. Did you get a good look at the canals? I know you only walked along the river Amstel [which is part of the canal system] no guilders, euros or drachmes in sight at the bottom, to silty.

    But I get your drift.

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  11. Peter, your Latin is superior to your am/pm. I am happy with a 24 hour clock. I know it well. But in my personal life I have no need for it. If it is 2am, I am asleep, if it 2pm (14.00), I am awake. If I get up at six, it won't be six (18.00) pm.

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  12. Yes, we took a canal cruise. It seems like it was the standard tourist canal cruise, but it was very good and interesting. We learnt a lot and saw a lot.

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  13. Anonymous4:10 pm

    Yeah, I always correct the students when they say the time incorrectly. I don't mind if they write time using the 24 hour system but apart from very specific situations, spoken English tends to use the 12 hour system to talk about time. V.

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  14. I like 24 hour time, it's unambiguous where am/pm is. Can't count the times I've set the time on my clock radio to the wrong side of the meridian and the the alarm to the same. Doesn't work...

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  15. Ben,it's been a while, but I have done the same with the alarm clock. Never used to happen with a wind up twelve hour clock though :-P

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  16. I prefer a 24 hour clock, not sure why, I'm used to them I guess. :)

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  17. Fen, I can't understand why you would be used to them. Your previous employment might have used them, but it would not have been how customers spoke about time.

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  18. I know, it's from when I used to fly, everything was 24 hour time.

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