Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Time

Here is a dumb question. In the UK I have heard people use the phrase, "It's half two (or whatever)" when telling the time. What the heck does this mean????? Is it 1:00, one being half of two? I assume not. Is it 1:30? Or 2:30???? I keep having to teach my students time, and they ask me and I have NO IDEA.

Help please....

3 comments:

Mr K said...

it's short for half an hour past 2. 2:30. I suppose it could be confusing if you'd never heard it before....

oreneta said...

Thankyouverymuch from an ignorant colonial. Cheers.

Joanne PL said...

EXACTLY the same problem also! And even worse - I have asked this question many times and NEVER manage to remember the answer - so still never know. Maybe your explanation will finally sink in - that is is short for half past - that makes sense - THANK YOU!