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Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:38 pm
by Alec Taylor
Dyolf wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:14 pm
TIL that, apparently, Americans find the way Brits tell the time confusing. Specifically, I'm talking about phrases like "half six". I had never, ever thought that this could be ambiguous because these expressions are so ubiquitous in the UK. Apparently, to Americans "half six" instinctively means 5:30.... which fries my brain.... why would you hear "six" and think "five"?! "Half six" obviously means 6:30! We're just lazy and leave out the word "past" - "half (past) six".
I've never heard the phrase before, but that makes perfect sense to me.

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:06 pm
by Artisan
Half six clearly means three.

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:06 pm
by Dyolf
Artisan wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:06 pm
Half six clearly means three.
;)

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:17 pm
by The Silver Lining
Dyolf wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:14 pm
TIL that, apparently, Americans find the way Brits tell the time confusing. Specifically, I'm talking about phrases like "half six". I had never, ever thought that this could be ambiguous because these expressions are so ubiquitous in the UK. Apparently, to Americans "half six" instinctively means 5:30.... which fries my brain.... why would you hear "six" and think "five"?! "Half six" obviously means 6:30! We're just lazy and leave out the word "past" - "half (past) six".
I find your point of view really interesting. In Dutch, "half zes" (which literally translates to "half six") is the one and only way to say 5:30. The same logic is used in German and Polish.

French, on the other hand, follows the "half past five" logic (5 heures et demi).When I hear an Englishman saying "half six", my immediate assumption will be that he means 5:30. Then again, this isn't even wrong if you take our time zone difference into account. :D

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:56 pm
by Dyolf
The Silver Lining wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:17 pm
When I hear an Englishman saying "half six", my immediate assumption will be that he means 5:30. Then again, this isn't even wrong if you take our time zone difference into account. :D
:D

Welsh follows the English too: hanner awr wedi chwech is literally "half (an) hour past/after six".

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:01 pm
by Dyolf
So this eBay auction is going better than I had hoped.

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:55 pm
by Dyolf
Diwrnod da i fod yn Gymro yw heddiw! Today is a good day to be Welsh!

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:32 pm
by Alec Taylor
its not a good day to be midwestern, all of our shit is getting flooded to high heaven. largest flood event since '93, so fortunate to not live along those floodplains any more.

Re: The Notebook v4.0

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:41 am
by The Silver Lining
I just wanted to share that, after all these years, listening to Pink Floyd's Live 8 performance still leaves me absolutely speechless.

Crazy to think it has been 14 years since then.