This idea comes to me from loyal reader Jo, who mentioned some time ago that we have a variety of ways in York County to describe the time.
Photo by flickr user Larry Page
There is the numerical version, of course. Looking at the clock pictured here, you might say it’s about “Eleven – thirty.” But the variations are the most fun. Is it “half past 11” or even “half 11,” which I think has a very British sound to it?
If it were 11:15, would it be a quarter past 11? Is 11:45 “a quarter of 12” or “a quarter ’til 12” or something else?
And so I thought, this calls for a poll! Since my polls are always unscientific at best, this one even allows you to choose multiple answers, and please feel free to leave me a comment explaining your choice!
And just for more fun, here’s a “Joan fact.” I pretty much can’t tell time at all. I look at the clock above and there’s something in my brain that locks up. If I work hard enough at it, yes, I can see that it shows 11:29, but my ability to do it immediately on sight is about as good as a below-average preschooler. Computer and cell-phone clocks and digital watches are my savior! One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was when my best friend Nina found a very DRESSY digital watch that I could wear to work, and got it in two colors. Those are hard to find!
Hopefully, if you’re voting in the poll, you’re more clock-literate than I am!