I'm writing an online game, and I want to tell users what their highscore is since the beginning of the hour. But I don't want to say something wordy like:

Your highscore since the beginning of the hour is...

At the moment I've got:

Your highscore this hour is...

I have 'today' and 'this week' for the other timeframes, but it still feels very unnatural.

Is there any pithy phrase I'm overlooking?

Many thanks!

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"This hour" is used, especially to describe the current period of hourly rolling news programmes. It's not unknown in the context of an hourly period which resets at xx:00 (the "top of the hour").

Joining us live now from Edinburgh, Scotland, is NBC News correspondent Kelly Cobiella.

Kelly, thanks for joining us this hour.

Alex Wagner Tonight, NBC 8 September 2022

I'm sure there are better ways of expressing the period in British English.

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    That's very interesting - thank you! Yes I don't think we have that in British English (yet!)
    – Bruce
    Sep 24, 2023 at 8:42

You can use the same phrasing for all the high scores:

Your highscore of the week is ...
Your highscore of the day is ...
Your highscore of the hour is ...

Typical other uses of the phrasing are

Dish of the day
Word of the day
Highlight of the week

and so on.


to date

up to the present time:

I prefer:

Your topscore to date!

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