Telling time

I noticed a while back how different we Americans and the British tell each other the time. We Americans give the hour then the minutes. (It’s nine forty three).

The British like to give you the minutes then the hour. (It’s half past nine or a quarter til six or 23 past four).

It made me think of Spanish (being the only other language I sort of speak) and how they do the same thing. I realize that British English came first and I’m really curious as to why we do these things so differently. Is it because America had so many different cultures coming together and the big tossed salad of our nation’s culture made this new form of English? I’ll be looking into this, not sure when, but at some point in my life I will figure it out. I’m sure it will be easy, I’ll start with google naturally.

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