Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 00:29:45 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour As a former Texan (Nay -- once a Texan always a Texan), I assure you that 'half past' in various forms is not uncommon. I have echoes of my father using it; he was born in sw Ark and lived in "Indian Territory" south of Okie City from age 2 to age 15. And I use it regularly, even in Missouri, with no indication that anyone thinks it's strange. DMLance