Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An awkward blend

The recorded message says we're to report "between ten o'clock hours and eleven o'clock hours" due to the snow/freezing rain last night and this morning.

Either "between ten o'clock and eleven o'clock" or "between 1000 and 1100 (pronounced ten hundred hours and eleven hundred hours)". Not "o'clock hours". That just sounds silly.

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At 4:05 PM, January 18, 2011 OpenID q-pheevr had this to say...

That does sound silly. I wonder if it's a blend along the lines that you suggest, or perhaps an unfortunate attempt to unpack the phrase "between the hours of ten and eleven o'clock"?


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