noon and midnight

Subject: noon and midnight
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 07:18:37 MST


I agree with you, 12:00 noon, etc. also seems redundant.
However, I think the point the reference book was trying to make
was that if you are in a situation where you *must* use numeric
time, with colons, the proper way to indicate 12:00 is to use
either noon or midnight vice a.m. or p.m.

Beverly Parks
bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil

> asdxvlk -at- Okway -dot- okstate -dot- edu (Virginia L. Krenn) wrote:

> By that same token, wouldn't 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight also be
> redundant?

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> Author: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil> at SMTP

> My current favorite reference, "The New York Public Library
> Writer's Guide to Style and Usage," c.1994, says the following:

> "When referring to 12 a.m. or 12 p.m., eliminate confusion by
> specifying 12:00 noon or 12:00 midnight."

> Since "noon" and "midnight" mean twelve o'clock in the daytime
> and at night, respectively, wouldn't "twelve noon" and "twelve midnight"
> be redundant?

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