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Why aren't there time abreviations such as there are for feet' and inches"?

Asked by ibstubro (11310 points ) May 18th, 2014

Wouldn’t it be handier of we designated time like we do feet’, inches”, degrees°, dollars$ and cents¢?

1*, 42**
One hour, 42 minutes. I just invented it. Now, if everyone would tell 10 people, it would be known in less than a month.

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dappled_leaves's avatar

1:42 says the same, with less punctuation.

zenvelo's avatar

Or some people use 1 h 42’ 00”.

’ for minute and ” for second is also used in cartology.

ibstubro's avatar

Interesting, @zenvelo. Seems to make sense.

Dutchess_III's avatar

O’clock IS an abbreviation too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Of The Clock. Irish.

Coloma's avatar

Just a sec, while I ponder this.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Coloma You say “just a sec,” but it could take hrs.

Coloma's avatar

True dat. haha

ibstubro's avatar

Cool, @Dutchess_III. I don’t recall seeing an explanation of o’clock before.
You didn’t just make that up, did you? I’ve noticed you seem to have visited the Blarney Stone more than once!

How was Godzilla, @Coloma? I heard the guttural growl on NPR today. Where is came from is a state secret, ala J. Edgar style, BTW.

Coloma's avatar

@ibstubro I loved it! Great action, special effects and Godzilla has a secret weapon revealed. haha

Darth_Algar's avatar

@ibstubro

Personally speaking the new ‘Godzilla’ was awesome. It’s everything a Godzilla movie should be – which is to say Godzilla fighting other monsters while tearing up entire cities in the process (this should be the simplest thing in the world for movie makers, yet Hollywood somehow still fucked that up in 1998).

Also, from what I understand Godzilla’s vocal sounds are created by grinding objects (not sure exactly what) across heavily rosined bass strings.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m pleased to hear that , @Coloma.

Glad you enjoyed it, too, @Darth_Algar. From the NPR show I heard, the ‘heavily rosined bass strings’ were from an earlier movie. But I could have missed the nuance, tongue in cheek.

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

For years, we always abbreviated time thusly: 1’ 52” which would be one hour, 52 minutes. I suppose in today’s world that’s too simplistic, but that’s what I’ve seen used since last century! I realize it doesn’t have a thing to do with the 999th remake of “Godzilla” which has nothing to do with the original question, but what the hell?

Coloma's avatar

@TheRealOldHippie That would be one foot and 52 inches, according to your posting.
How long is a foot of time or an inch? lol

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

Just saying – that’s the way we used to abbreviate it. I just generally use an “h” and an “m” which anybody should be able to figure out, although I have students who couldn’t figure it out if you wrote the entire damned word out for them!!! If it wasn’t on their mobile phone, it didn’t exist and certainly wasn’t correct!

ucme's avatar

Because it’s a crap idea?

ibstubro's avatar

How as @zenvelo‘s post missed:

Or some people use 1 h 42’ 00”.

’ for minute and ” for second is also used in cartology.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

O’clock is the abbreviated form of “Of the clock.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

@ibstubro I’m pretty sure my teacher told us what the abbreviation of “O’clock” was when we were learning to tell time. Like, in, 1965. ;) Or…..maybe I just figured it out by myself. IDK. Seems like I’ve always known it.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I guess it’s worth mentioning that at one time “O’clock” was not reserved for the top of the hour.

In formal (writing especially) one might still use “Two-thirty O’clock” for example.

zenvelo's avatar

@Coloma A foot of time is about a nanosecond! (It’s actually 11.8 inches equals a nanosecond.)

Grace Hopper used to demonstrate that light/electricity travels just under a foot in a nanosecond.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^Trying to reconcile that with the speed of light traveling 186,000 miles per second….?

zenvelo's avatar

@Dutchess_III 186 282.397 miles per second times 5,280 ft per mile = 983 571 056 feet per second x 12 inches per foot =11,802,852,677.2 inches per second, divided by a billion = 11.8 inches per nanosecond.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK but where did you get divide by a billion? Is that what a nano second is?

zenvelo's avatar

@Dutchess_III A nano is the metric prefix for one billionth.

deci – one tenth
centi- one hundredth
milli – one thousandth
micro – one millionth
nano – one billionth
pico – one trillionth

pico de gallo does not mean one trillionth of a cock.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. Thanks.

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