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Posted By: lady penelope
13-Aug-08 - 04:22 AM
Thread Name: Divided by a common language
Subject: RE: Divided by a common language
Unlike the germans (for whom we owe much of our language) when a Brit says "half six" they are actually contracting the phrase "Half past six" which equates to 6.30.

Actually, from my hazy recollection of german lessons, I believe that it's a similar contraction on the part of germans, only from the other direction...(half before six) *G*