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Is 18 months really 2 years?

Asked by sandystrachan (4380 points ) April 17th, 2009

I was watching an American tv show. Where the host said ” How long have you been thinking this”. To a response of ” Well my child is 18 months old , so for 18 months i have been thinking this .” Where the host then said ” so 2 years then ” . How did he come up with that 2 years is 24 months , 18 months is 1 year and 1 half .

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

Maybe they rounded up?
Or maybe the host made an error.
Or assumed that the woman somehow meant since she got pregnant with her child?

What’s your question? How many months are in 2 years? 24, yes.

sandystrachan's avatar

I have heard it alot on certain shows my partner watches . She always watches shows like Maury and Jerry JERRY JERRY and everytime the guests say 18 months they always say 2 years .

YARNLADY's avatar

In child development 18 months is only 1 1/2 years, but on TV coverage if they are trying to make a certain point, they will say 2 years, for clarity. You could also hear it called “for over a year now”, depending on the point the speaker is trying to make.

Jack79's avatar

18 months is actually more than two years. A lot more. On Mercury.

casheroo's avatar

Maybe she was adding in the pregnancy to the age…I have no clue what they were talking about though. He could have come up with whatever idea he was thinking, when his wife was pregnant..

qualitycontrol's avatar

time passes so quickly, here, in America that time always seems longer than it actually is. For example, I’ve been at my job for 1 year and 5 months. But to me it’s more like 2 years…

cyndyh's avatar

Maybe it was dog years for a really big dog. :^>

ubersiren's avatar

A lot of American’s can’t count. (I’m American and was joking… down boy).

I thought what @casheroo did – were they talking about something baby/pregnancy/birth related?

lefteh's avatar

No, it’s true, Americans can’t count.
For a project I was doing, I once walked around downtown and asked random strangers to count to 10. 85% of those who attempted succeeded.

ubersiren's avatar

@lefteh: That is freaking hilarious.

dynamicduo's avatar

He came up with two years because he’s bad at math. This doesn’t come as a shock to be because I know that many many people are stupid.

The reason they do it in Jerry/Maury is because 2 years sounds more dramatic than one and a half years. Plus, they don’t care about accuracy, they only want to get to the brawl faster, and it’s much easier to do this when the host says “He cheated on you for TWO YEARS!” than for the host to be accurate. It’s appealing to emotions rather than logic, which is what these shows thrive on.

sandystrachan's avatar

Yet on u.k shows like this they state the correct amount of months to years . So why is it only on US shows ?

simone54's avatar

It was in Canada. (It’s the exchange rate)

cyndyh's avatar

@lefteh : And just how did you arrive at that number? :^>

lefteh's avatar

I can count.

ubersiren's avatar

I just realized that I wrote “American’s.” Apparently we can’t use our first language properly, either.

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