Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 07:45:39 EST
From: Robert Kelly kelly[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LEVY.BARD.EDU
Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I never heard any other expression for
the middle of the hour except half-past /h[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]p.p[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]st/ (where [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] is digraph). Three
thirty was radio talk, we said half-past. Some Britons I know pronounce
three thirty as "half four."