Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 14:27:02 -0230 From: "Philip Hiscock, MUN Folklore & Language Archive" Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour I grew up in St John's, Newfoundland where I always said "ha' past" (no [f] in normal speech). We had a teasing rhyme for people who were annoyingly asking for the time: Ha' past, kiss me ass, Quarter to me hole. By the way, even now - in my forties - I have no idea what people mean when they say "It's quarter of four" - does that mean quarter _to_ or quarter _after_ the hour? And are those "quarter" times associated with the half times - that is, do such people as Natalie, to whom "half past" is foreign, find the "quarter of/to/after" times foreign, too? -Philip Hiscock philiph[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]