Daily Archives: January 19th, 2010

Why do we say A.M. and P.M. when telling the time?

There are 24 hours in a day, but only 12 figures on the clock.  This is because in most countries the day is divided into two parts of 12 hours each.  We call the first part of the day a.m., meaning “before noon,” and the second part p.m., which stands for “afternoon.” The first crude …

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