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Someone is wrong on the Internet [Oct. 13th, 2010|10:22 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Someone is wrong on the Internet. There's a chance it could be me.

Poll #1631127 When is twelve?

12pm

Makes no sense
20(31.2%)
Is in the middle of the day
39(60.9%)
Is in the middle of the night
5(7.8%)

Noon

Is in the afternoon
18(29.5%)
Is not in the afternoon
43(70.5%)


Edit: Context is here.
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[User Picture]From: del_c
2010-10-13 10:05 pm (UTC)
AM and PM are regions and 12 is a boundary. Two different classes of entity. Boundaries aren't regions, and they don't have to be in regions, especially not the regions they're the boundary of.

(Is the Scotland-England border in Scotland or England? It's safe to say it's in Britain)

Twelve noon is the meridiem, it can be neither ante- nor post-.

Twelve midnight could be taken as *both* post meridiem in the day just past, *and* ante meridiem in the day to come, but to keep consistency with midday, it should probably be taken as neither, instead of both.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2010-10-13 10:55 pm (UTC)
This.
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