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Half past

Posted by James Briggs on July 29, 2004

In Reply to: Half past posted by Lotg (OZ) on July 28, 2004

: : : Does half six in Britain mean the half goes before or after? (ie is half six 5:30 or 6:30)?

: : : Thanks,

: : : Jackie

: : 6:30.

: The term was originally 'half past six'. In Australian anyway, and probably I imagine the UK too, the 'half six' version evolved more among the working classes.

But beware - in German, and possibly other laguages - 'half six' means 'half way to six', ie 5.30, and not half way past six.