Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 07:09:47 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Half Past the Hour Is there a regional distribution for "half past" as in "half past three"? I had never really thought about it until a recent discussion on WORDS-L, in which I am almost alone in saying that I have never used the expression and think of it as more British than American. The only other person on the list who says she finds "three-thirty" much more "normal" sounding than "half past three" is a Texan, although another Texan claims that "half past" is quite common. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]