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 79 months agoFavourite 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"
- JimLv 79 months ago
Steeped in history
Besides, we only like to count to 12
IMO we should go to a decimal (10 hour clock)
- DiogenesLv 79 months 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 79 months 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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- 9 months ago
Because military time would probably confuse most people. AM refers to daytime hours, PM refers to nighttime hours.
- Steve ALv 79 months ago
A foot = 30.48 cm
A hand = 4 inches = 10.16 cm
Hands are used in measuring the height of horses.
- RRLv 79 months 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 79 months 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
- VamanLv 79 months ago
Our time system is old one. They divided the day into day time and night time. Calendar and clocks were set accordingly. This is continued. Earlier Sun rise and sun set were treated to divide 24 hrs. Later, it was decided to use the midnight as the dividing day and night time. Therefore, am and pm are used.
Foot and arm were used for measurement of length. Now it is standardized with a standard stick. Since the Britisher use mile, foot etc, American use that. Europe uses the metric system.