Re: 24/7 or 7/24?

Subject: Re: 24/7 or 7/24?
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 16:45:18 -0700

On 5/7/2012 8:17 AM, B.J. Smith wrote:

If you have to choose between using "24/7" or "7/24" in a sentence, which way do you go?

Any particular reason for your choice?

24/7 means 24 hours per day/7 days per week. The reason for the order is to begin with smallest division first and progress to the larger division. It would not make sense to begin with larger division first. 7/24 would like like 7 minutes per hour/24 hours per day. Really?

24/7/365 seems to violate some logic, but it is used to describe 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year, although logically, it should be 52 weeks per year. The 365 accounts for holidays, which are "days" and not weeks and suggests that the business does not close for holidays. This is an example of non-logic and grammatical incorrectness that makes sense because of social constructs, although most of us with inner grammarians and mental auto-correct do not care for it.

Personally, I would rather work 4/4/200 and get paid for 8/5/350, while many people work 16/6/350-365 and feel like they are getting paid 4/4/200.





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