I know that AM/PM is for ante/post meridiem, but what is it actually called? Meridian indicator? 12 hour indicator? Something way more clever?



Oddly enough, this question seems to already have been answered at StackOverflow. The distinction is called the period.


As for the actual meanings of AM/PM, they come from the Latin "ante meridiem" ("before noon") and "post meridiem" ("after noon").

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    ha! wtf... why would that be asked on SO? anyways, thanks! – Jason Jul 22 '11 at 22:44
  • any comment on 'ante-meridian'? – Mitch Apr 1 '13 at 4:20
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    @Jason, because software developers think about naming variables properly. It is built into the Object-Oriented mindset. Jader, a commenter, said it well: "It's funny that the question intrinsically is not programming related, but all programmers can understand why you posted it here." – rajah9 Jun 3 '13 at 16:51
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    @rajah9 this is actually why i asked this question in the first place ;) – Jason Jan 7 '14 at 18:34
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    @Json and that was the reason I found your post XD – BananaAcid Dec 28 '18 at 2:31

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