Is 12 AM noon or midnight?

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I think people might get confused with offers that will end at 12 am or 12 pm. It's better to make it clear that it will end at 12 noon or 12 midnight. So is 12 am noon or midnight?
#off topic forum #midnight #noon
  • Profile picture of the author Mike Grant
    12am = midnight.
  • Profile picture of the author Drake Kerrigan
    12 AM is midnight. 12 PM is noon. It used to confuse me too, until I started just thinking 1 minute ahead. 12:01 PM, of course is after noon, therefore PM.
    • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
      Originally Posted by Drake Kerrigan View Post

      12 AM is midnight. 12 PM is noon. It used to confuse me too, until I started just thinking 1 minute ahead. 12:01 PM, of course is after noon, therefore PM.
      That doesnt make sense though.....I think

      If 11am is the morning 12 in the middle of the day should be called am too not pm. PM should begin from (1 in the afternoon) 1PM so people dont get confused.

      Once again if 11 at night is 11pm, 12 midnight should be called 12PM not 12am....the next hour which is 1 oclock should start the AM cycle.

      Have no idea if that makes sense and I'm not reading it again but I know what I mean:p

      Who can we chat with about changing this?
  • Profile picture of the author JHC81
    I agree, think like Drake, think one minute ahead.
  • Profile picture of the author JustKid
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.M.

    Basically its what PM and AM stands for not
    Pm= NIght
    Am = Morning
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
    Thanks, guys. One more thing... If you said the offer will end on Feb 10 midnight, does that mean one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 10 or one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 11?
    • Profile picture of the author Mike Grant
      Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

      Thanks, guys. One more thing... If you said the offer will end on Feb 10 midnight, does that mean one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 10 or one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 11?
      This one always confused me as well. Changes from person to person.

      To me, Feb 10 at midnight equals one minute after Feb 9 11:59pm.
    • Profile picture of the author Drake Kerrigan
      One minute after 11:59 on the 10th would roll over to the next day, making it the 11th. Midnight on the 10th, to me, means one minute after midnight on the 9th. But then again, I've been known to show up for midnight mass on the wrong day because of that.
    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

      Thanks, guys. One more thing... If you said the offer will end on Feb 10 midnight, does that mean one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 10 or one minute before 12:01 am of Feb 11?
      Michael, for the sake of your sanity and your customers, you could eliminate all this confusion by saying your offer ends at 12:01 am, Feb 11th - this is clear and unambiguous, and people are much less likely to be confused by this.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForeignProfessor
    Am I the only one who was taught this in elementary school?

    Of course, it is very confusing if the offer doesn't say which time zone they're talking about.
  • Profile picture of the author derrickschwan
    12 AM is twelve midnight.
  • Profile picture of the author Tristan Bull
    Lol this is the best thread ever!
    • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
      Originally Posted by Tristan Bull View Post

      Lol this is the best thread ever!
      Agreed. Best thread ever hahahaha, sounds silly but true.:confused:

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