Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 05:17:03 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour
As a complete outsider - being a Frenchman - I HAVE
discovered Twenty after three and twenty of three
in Stephen King's novel.What is the actual US norm?
That's a good question. I've reached the conclusion that I'm wrong
in thinking that "half past" is uncommon in the US since almost everybody
I've asked, both on and off this list, has said that it's quite common.
Interestingly, I still haven't heard anybody use it -- I've just heard
people SAY that they use it and then a little while later say X-thirty
in a different conversation. My informal research has been going on for
only a few days, however.
Do twenty past and twenty to sound English to an American
They sound like ordinary US usage to me, although I would say "twenty
after" and "twenty till" or possibly "twenty of."
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)