From: oldb...@arctos.com (The Old Bear)
Date: 22 Dec 2001 01:21:02 -0500
Local: Sat, Dec 22 2001 1:21 am
Subject: Re: Need clarification of terms for noon and midnight using PM and AM
"Gail M. Hall" <gmh...@apk.net> writes:
>From: "Gail M. Hall" <gmh...@apk.net>The convention is that 12:00AM is midnight and 12:00PM is noon. As you
>Subject: Need clarification of terms for noon and midnight using PM and AM
>Date: 21 Dec 2001 23:34:37 -0500
>This is really telecom related because I'm looking at what kind of usage
>Is there a consistent definition of 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM in the telecom
>Technically there is no such thing as 12:00 AM or PM. There is 12:00 noon
note, it's technically wrong because the meridians of noon and midnight
are neither AM nor PM. However, logic has it that one minute after
midnight is 12:01AM and therefore midnight is 12:00AM. Same logic applies
to noon being 12:00PM because one minute later is 12:01PM.
While confusing, this is less confusing that the alternative of calling
>It seems to me that it would be more clear if in the text defining timesThen one needs to determine whether the stroke of midnight is 24:00 hours
>the 24-hour format could be used, just as weight is expressed in metric and
today or 0:00 hours tomorrow. :)
>Here is a quote of the definition of night and weekend hours in a brochureNo one ever said that MBAs and marketing people know how to write clearly.
>that I got.
> Night hours are 9:00 PM - 5:59 AM, Monday - Friday.
>Does "12:00 AM" mean 12 noon or 12 midnight?
> . . .No, you're not being overly paranoid. In the telecom industry, the
>I hope I'm not being overly paranoid when I think maybe there is a catch
"gotcha" is the rule rather than the exception. Pricing plans are designed
specifically to be confusing and to make comparisons between carriers all
but impossible. This is known as free market competition.
You can ask for clarification -- but your sales person may be equally
I wish you well.
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