Dear logical Britarchers,
As we approach the end of the year, people around the world attach more
significance to the point in time of midnight. So can we please start
calling it what it is instead of saying that it is 12 A.M.
If midnight is 12 anything, it is 12 P.M. (i.e. 12 hours POST MERIDIAN)
The 12 is the final number in the series of 1 to 12 designating how many
hours have elapsed since the sun crossed the meridian (since noon).
If we are going to say that midnight is taken to mean that it is 12 hours
until (or ante) meridian, then we need to say that one hour later than
midnight is 11 AM, not 1 AM.
To say that the point in time of midnight is so short that right away we are
looking at AM, so we should call it 12AM, is to say that right after
Saturday is Sunday so we may as well call it Sunday.
We have no problem with 12:59:59.999999 PM. So what's the problem with 12 PM.
Calling 12 midnight 12AM sounds like something a committee of bureaucrats
would come up with.
Think about it,