Subject: Noon
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 12:16:03 -0400

David Hailey writes:
>By the way. . . a professional puzzle. If you call evening
>P.M., and you call the morning A.M., and you call midnight
>P.M., what is noon?

Noon is neither before nor after itself. I usually write "noon". If, for
some reason, I write 12:00 I make sure that the context clarifies my meaning.

Midnight can be dangerously ambiguous. I have seen 2359hrs or 0001hrs
substituted in military contexts (in both cases with the day of the month
prefixed). I don't know if this is a NATO ruling, or just a custom in some

David (the idiot) Ibbetson

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