Re: 24/7 or 7/24?

Subject: Re: 24/7 or 7/24?
From: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
To: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 13:18:26 -0600


Most of those who responded would use "24/7" rather than "7/24" if they had to choose between the two.

As I suspected, "7/24" is seldom used unless one means July 24.


On 5/7/2012 12:59 PM, Porrello, Leonard wrote:

"Ain't no thang" can also "convey clearly what a person really means". Comprehensibility is a function of audience. This fact doesn't resolve the issue.

Apart from that, while 24/7 may require less characters on a page, it arguably requires the reader to do more work. 24/7 looks like a mathematical equation, but it isn't. It is numbers playing the role of words. When I read 24/7, my brain has translate it into "twenty-four-seven". After this, my brain has to ask, "twenty-four over seven" of what?

Apart from that, where Americans may say 24/7, Brits apparently say "around-the-clock", and some countries say "nonstop". In short, 24/7 arguably doesn't lend itself well to internationalization.

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Subject: Re: 24/7 or 7/24?

Peter, I understand that you would prefer to not use either, which of course is your prerogative.

Like it or not, though, "24/7" can convey clearly what a person really means.

It just uses fewer characters than some other ways of saying the same thing.


On 5/7/2012 12:20 PM, Peter Hirons wrote:
I would never use either. Say what you really mean "available round
the clock, 7 days a week" or just "Always on".


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RE: 24/7 or 7/24?: From: Peter Hirons
Re: 24/7 or 7/24?: From: B.J. Smith
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