Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 11:35:10 CST From: Mike Picone Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour One element that is missing so far in the `half past' discussion and that will contribute to its survival even if at a very low incidence is the fact that `XXX-thirty' cannot be used with expressions such as `midnight' and `noon' whereas `half past' can (at least according to my speech habits, which were established primarily in the Chicago area). Mike Picone U Alabama