Re: Warning text

Subject: Re: Warning text
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: "Poshedly, Ken" <PoshedlyK -at- polysius -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 10:10:10 -0400

Ken Poshedly wrote:

should it be midnight?). But in reality, 12 Noon and 12 Midnight (or "12
M" and "12 N", for you abbreviation freaks out there) are really the

Notice how the abbreviations appear to be backwards:
12 M for Noon
12 N for Midnight

According to my grandmother, that is the correct
usage--M is for meridies and N for noctis. Genitive
of time, if I remember sort of correctly. She studied
Latin around 1890, before it had been declared dead.

Those who are non-Latinate have a choice:
12 M for Moon
12 N for Nidnight

or the opposite,

12 M for Midnight
12 N for Noon

For this reason I never abbreviate noon or midnight.

In some legal documents the starting of a day is
listed as "12:01 A.M. on the 24nd of July" to avoid
the question of whether midnight belongs to the 24th
or to the 23rd.

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