Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Timely Manner

We've come to realize that there are some things that are just different up here in the North.  Sure, folks in these parts sound a little different, but sometimes it's hard to just plain understand what they're saying. 

For example...a huge debate is brewing in Heather's office over time.  As in reading time.  Here's how it goes:

"What time does the meeting start?"  

The answer, 9:45, depends on who you ask.

Heather: "It's at a quarter till 10:00"

Yankee co-workers: "The meeting is at a quarter of 10:00"

Six of one, half dozen of the other right??  Not unless you were raised in the South and you think quarter of means 10:15 (like the rest of modern society) and end up late...whoopsie!

Y'all have to do you say 9:45?


  1. Wow, I'm actually glad you cleared that up for me! I heard someone use the "quarter of" phrase not too long ago and I wasn't sure if they meant a quarter til or a quarter after. Now I know!

  2. Heather, I'm with the Yankees, "quarter of" the hour!! It's just you folks from Arkansas and SE Missouri that talk funny! Not the ones from SW Missouri. You probably say "MissourA", too!Instead of MissourIE!
    Love ya, Aunt Cinderetta

  3. Aunt Cinderetta,
    Phyllis says MissourA...but she's wrong! :)

  4. Hmmm...I have always understood "quarter til" and "quarter of" to mean the same thing...but only hear the Yankees say "quarter of." I just think it sounds funny. And when you're talking about 15 minutes after the hour, I've always heard people at home say "quarter after." In the NE, I often hear "quarter past."