Why do Americans use AM and PM, there are 24 hours in a day, so why not use the (digital) 24 hour clock instead?
As a European I am always confused with all American terms that are sometimes difficult to convert, like F to C, and Inches to Meters, Ounces to Kilograms, Miles to Kilometers. (okay the last one I do know by head 1.6km = 1 mile.), but then also to 'foot' measurement. How much is actually a 'foot'? We have all different feet...
- daniel gLv 71 month agoBest answer
Majority of US uses 12 hour format, Days split AM and PM. Europe no different.
The biggest confusion is time zones and a minority in both use coordinated universal time that is 24 hour , gets past all the clutter. I use that the most, but bus schedules, Business hours, Network broadcast times are listed in 12 hour local times.
It all works, a matter of what you are used to.
I have no problem between metric and SAE, I do find metric easier to work with, base 10 everything, probably why the scientific community standard, but I cut my teeth on SAE, so familiar with both.
As for daylight savings, a wise native American said it best:
"Only a fool could think one could cut the foot from a blanket,,sew it to the head,,and have a longer blanket"
- Jim MoorLv 71 month ago
Steeped in history
Besides, we only like to count to 12
IMO we should go to a decimal (10 hour clock)
- DiogenesLv 71 month ago
Every timepiece I own and everyone I do business with uses AM & PM. Even ex-military retirees revert to the old fashioned standard after they become civilians. There is little value in adopting a time-keeping standard that most people simply ignore.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
To confuse the hell out of foreigners. WTF is "12 AM" supposed to mean?
Once upon a time I tried to catch a weekly swiss shortwave transmission in Esperanto, that was scheduled at some day as "03.15 UTC". I couldn't find it. Why not? Because it ACTUALLY went out that day at 27.15 UTC !
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- armourorLv 51 month ago
Americans need to be different so as to identify that are Americans
- 1 month ago
Because military time would probably confuse most people. AM refers to daytime hours, PM refers to nighttime hours.
- Steve ALv 71 month ago
A foot = 30.48 cm
A hand = 4 inches = 10.16 cm
Hands are used in measuring the height of horses.
- RRLv 71 month ago
UK uses am and pm too. However, we also use 24 hour clock.
UK uses a mixture of metric and imperial measurements. Just because you find it difficult to convert them doesn't mean it's wrong to use them.
- ted sLv 71 month ago
Do YOU know the definition of a meter , a gram , Celcius degee, an hour....??...and a kilogram is a measure of MASS even though you likely think it is a measure of weight