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  # 1330753 24-Jun-2015 14:51
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Geektastic: I personally use 24hr.

However, I lived in the UK for 38 years before moving here and the only organisational use of 24hr I came across was in the military. In terms of the general public, if someone asked you the time and you said "1423 hours" I suspect you'd be met with more than a few blank looks..!




Like the old story of the retired military chap who was impudently asked at a party when was the last time he had sex, he replied "1950". The questioner says "oh, you poor man!" He looks confused and says, "But its only 2130 now!"

 
 
 
 


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  # 1330755 24-Jun-2015 14:59
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my clock only has 12 numbers?




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  # 1330759 24-Jun-2015 15:19
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I just told my mates I will pick them at half four on Saturday for the Hurricanes game. I hope they aren't waiting for me in the ealry hours...

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  # 1330787 24-Jun-2015 15:58
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bazzer:
wasabi2k: I am so excited to see what tomorrow's utterly trivial issue for discussion is...

Also, I use 12 hour 99% of the time, and always conversationally. I only use 24 hours for work-related communication, usually when there is a time zone difference too.

I'm really interested, the people that say they use 24-hour clocks, do they actually say to people "I'll meet you there at eighteen hundred hours"?


No, but I have any gadgets set to 24 hour time like stoves, computers etc. and I vastly prefer it for bus schedules and so on. Due to context, I generally don't need to specify AM or PM in a conversation or email either.

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  # 1330790 24-Jun-2015 16:02
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Bee: Growing up in a military family, 24hr clock was all I knew for most of my childhood.  I stick with it whenever possible if only to maintain a small link with that military background.  :)  
Teaching the wife and kids is another matter altogether!


The kids better learn, it's part of the level 3 and 4 primary school curriculum, lol.

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  # 1330801 24-Jun-2015 16:22
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As the late, great Robin Williams opined in Good Morning Vietnam..."It's Oh five hundred and what does the oh stand for? Oh my god it's early"!





 
 
 
 


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  # 1330821 24-Jun-2015 16:33
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MileHighKiwi: I just told my mates I will pick them at half four on Saturday for the Hurricanes game. I hope they aren't waiting for me in the ealry hours...


Hope they're not European where "half four" can mean 3:30 (i.e. half before four as opposed half after four)



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  # 1330822 24-Jun-2015 16:34
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This way, if my watch stops, at least it is correct twice a day.

With your system, it would only be correct once a day.


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  # 1330823 24-Jun-2015 16:34
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andrew027: But I can still use 12 hour time verbally in my private life, e.g. I'll tell my wife I'm going out after work and will be home about 7:30, not 19:30 - as it's "after work" she knows it won't be 7:30 a.m.  I don't see any need to be confused by it.

Plus, the added advantage, if it ends up being an all-nighter, when you finally get home you can tell her that you told her you'd be home late. "In fact, it's only 5:30 a.m., I'm early!"

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  # 1330849 24-Jun-2015 17:05
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bazzer:
Plus, the added advantage, if it ends up being an all-nighter, when you finally get home you can tell her that you told her you'd be home late. "In fact, it's only 5:30 a.m., I'm early!"


I have tried this... It didn't go down so well. tongue-out



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  # 1330868 24-Jun-2015 17:25
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BTR: Not trying to stir things up? We do something different and your complaining about it. You have two choices, get used to it or go home. We also drive on the left, invented pavlova, pineapple lumps and pronounce the word fish so it sounds like fush.


Welcome to New Zealand!




Haha, I'm a rebel at heart and where I perceive one thing to be better than the other I will challenge it tongue-out
Did trigger a lively discussion though, which was precisely the goal!

bazzer:
I'm really interested, the people that say they use 24-hour clocks, do they actually say to people "I'll meet you there at eighteen hundred hours"?


Nah, the importance is written time as that's how you generally read appointments/schedules. Verbally you'd still say six, and as someone else suggested this is largely context based.

joker97: my clock only has 12 numbers?





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  # 1330891 24-Jun-2015 17:53
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Have been fluent with 24 hour time since the late 80s since our first VCR only accepted 24 hour time for timer recordings. Much prefer it than 12 hour time.




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  # 1330904 24-Jun-2015 18:07
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ScuL:
joker97: my clock only has 12 numbers?



sorry no, this





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  # 1330918 24-Jun-2015 18:19
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ScuL:
Jase2985: There are 249 Country Codes in the ISO Standard List:
I cant see there being 225 using the 24h clock as their primary.

think you got something a little mixed up there


You can invert it if you like. There are 7 countries in the world that use AM/PM:
United States, Phillippines, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Canada (Except Quebec), Australia.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-u-s/369587-12-hour-24-hour-clock-system.html#ixzz3dvzhUSNZ
Afaik the world has 232 countries, but that is subject to debate. :)


The UK tends towards AM/PM for general use.




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