One often sees confusion or feels confusion on this issue of how to label midday.
Yes, but it's quite surprising--and even more disappointing--to see such confusion
propagated in CathInfo
, where readers should be able to expect that members whose postings are intended as corrections
, the sacred language of Roman Catholicism, when appropriate. As it is herein.
My reasoning tells me that 12 noon is one hour after 11 am and so should called 12am, but to be correct and avoid confusion I would say
12 am or 12 noon.
It doesn't become pm or afternoon until
l after 12 am . 12.01 pm is one minute after 12 am or noon.
is exactly "MERĪDIĒ"
(m. ablative-of-time), contracted from "MEDIŌ DIĒ"
, meaning "midday"
, and properly abbreviated as "M."
"A." and no
"P."! Awareness of this set the explicit U.S. federal standard until recently [†].
The familiar "A.
" abbreviates the Latin preposition "ANTE
", meaning "before"; the familiar "P.
" abbreviates the Latin preposition "POST
", meaning "after" (each preposition taking the accusative
case). Is it really necessary for me to point out that in any natural reckoning of time, "noon" is neither "before noon", nor "after noon"?
I think this is a case where common usage would take precedence over correctness! If you said 12 am, but really meant 12 noon ... people would think you were confused or just made a simple mistake!
A fine example of nonsense
in defense of ignorance
That which is correct
can be looked up
in a credible prescriptive
reference source. Whereas whatever are the most common usages
of the moment can't always be--perhaps to avoid propagating ignorance--and may change with each arriving generation. Maintaining & using that which is correct
is the simplest way toward preventing or eliminating confusion
when attempting to convey thoughts or ideas accurately
Note †: The change away from straightforward Latin would fit the overt hostility to Western Civilization for which the Obama Administration was notorious (less so the Clinton Administration).