Re: HSBC Saving Account & Dual Banking
- From: Ronald Raygun <no.spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 08:23:09 GMT
"Ronald Raygun" wrote
... We should remember that it would be more
logical not to have a 12 at all, but a zero instead, a
practice we have adopted for the 24-hour clock.
Would it not be even better, even for the
12-hour clock, to have *both* a zero *and* a 12?
That way, we could say 0 is midnight &
12 is midday and easily avoid all confusion.
It would create more confusion than it would avoid.
I take it you mean:
00am = midnight
12am = noon
00pm = noon
12pm = midnight
That's a perfectly reasonable convention, but once you
then add minutes you get the problem that early lunchtime
could be expressed both as 00.30pm, which is fine, and
also as 12.30am, and this would be a time which isn't
actually ante meridiem at all.
At least with the 24 hour clock there can be no confusion
even when expressing absurdish times like Tuesday 2530,
which although technically the same as Wednesday 0130, is
informally more accurate as it describes a time before you've
gone to bed.
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