A problem with time

Early warning, this is a post with a tiny little rant. And a card, of course, so you can just skip to the pictures if you want! Well obviously you can do that anyway….!

So, the rant. Let’s start it with a question, in case I am completely out of order here and should be told to button it. Have the rules about telling the time changed? Has there been a vote in Parliament that didn’t make it onto the TV news, or wormed its way into any conversation I have had recently? I ask the question because there is precedent here. Usually ‘Pacific’ is the name of an ocean, we know that. But some people got ‘Pacific’ and ‘specific’ confused, often. Then somehow, over time, all those muddles became one big puddle (no, wait, that’s a different ocean) and now it seems more generally accepted that swapping the two happens, at least colloquially. Interesting that a word indicating the vastness of the seas is used as an alternative for a word meant to drill something down, to identify the particular. Go figure.

Anyway, back to the time telling problem. Recently I have become aware of a new way of doing it. On TV, in conversation and out there on the internet. Sorry if the language offends you as much as it does me, but I have to repeat it so you know what I mean. Brace yourself, here goes. Last week a TV presenter said, three times within a few sentences “2.30AM in the morning”! I know. I will was my mouth out with soap later. Or maybe just give my keyboard a rinse?

He was not the first, and of course since then I have seen and heard it so many more times. But why? Why the “AM” and the “in the morning”? We all know either one is fine and we don’t need them both, but apparently now we cannot be trusted, or are considered too lazy to understand on our own and have to have it double-defined!

So, before I write to the Queen, I just thought I would ask if the rules of time have been changed?

And here is the card I mentioned. A sneeze of embellishments in a pile. Hope you like it.

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Supplies: Spellbinders heart die (from a nesting set); Dreamees small dotty background stamp; Tattered Lace sentiment stamp; Hunkydory Adorable Scorable card in Pashmina; Fabric ribbon from The Works; Adhesive pearls from Poundland

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82 thoughts on “A problem with time

  1. I agree you do feel like your intelligence is insulted. Although considering who the “president” of our country is, I seem to be living with this feeling on a regular basis. Ugh! Anyway, your card is beautiful. I love all the embellishment layers and textures. Nice work.

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  2. Here in the US, the trendy word of the year seems to be “fake news” but I so wish it was “time”! It really is redundant, isn’t it – a.m. still means morning and news is still news, made- up or not. In any case, your card is lovely!

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  3. “A sneeze of embellishments in a pile.” Love it, Gillian – very cute card! In response to your time question – I know I am persnickety about grammar in general, the “AM in the morning” (or “PM in the evening”) drives me bananas.

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  4. I think you should contact the Queen. Being from the US I’m not sure how those things work, however I have seen “The Crown” on Netflix so I am assuming that an audience with Her Majesty would not be too difficult to arrange for a matter of global importance such as this. “The only thing necessary for bad grammar to prevail is if good wordsmiths do nothing.”
    Lovely card by the way. I almost forgot my outrage whilst I was admiring it. Well played balance of textual indignation and delightful visual effects. 😀

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    1. Ha! You do make me laugh! I think the Queen is probably a bit like Santa. If I address a letter just to HRH, Buck House, it would probably get there…

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    1. Yes, such a bargain! I wish I had got two packs now. Another offender on craft telly is using “shrimp” instead of either skimp or stint. Aaaaarghh!

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  5. Very nice card!
    Totally agree with your rant. Some announcers (in my case on the radio) don’t realize what they are really saying. A good editor would fix that – I would hope!

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  6. Yes, understand what you mean, when they say Noon at midday! Confusion rained and we all got wet!!! Problem here is we are ‘old school’ taught with the dial hands, whilst the up and coming are taught on digital, so I suppose they cover both to make sure they don’t get it wrong?!*? Super card 🙂

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    1. Ha, you may well be right, but I still find it unforgivable!! Well maybe not actually unforgivable, but I am definitely peeved! Thanks for the kind words about the card!

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  7. I love the card! Especially the little sheet music touch 🙂
    Also, I found the rant funny, I don’t know if that’s bad or not. But maybe the news anchor was just confused? Or maybe they were trying to be funny? I know when I’m confused or tired I tend to repeat myself in a strange fashion 🙂

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    1. Maybe, yes, you have a point there. Other bloggers have noticed it with the 24 hour clock too though. But then maybe that is to help those of us still using analogue!!

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  8. Loving the Poundland pearls…of which might I add, I also have a pack… I’m a terrible grammar nazi. Can’t help it, things like that just annoy me…like people who say “Brurofen” when they mean either ibuprofen OR Nurofen. Don’t smash two perfectly good words together for no reason..!!

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    1. It is thanks to you and Mrs Craft that I found the pearls. Shamazing!!! Sorry, I couldn’t resist the temptation! We all make mistakes, but yes, I object to people getting it wrong all the time if they have the ability but just cannot be bothered. I once was buying cigarettes for a fellow exchange pupil from Germany. I was not a smoker and maybe under age for buying them. I got so flustered that I asked for 20 Marylebone! Oh, the teenage mortification!

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  9. LOL! I agree with the “improper” grammar! With each passing year, it seems to get worse! They’ve changed what they teach in schools so much anymore! No more cursive writting???? Now they can just print their signature??? Can’t that be duplicated much easier than someone’s signature??? Identity theft made easier??? Ugh! Things have changed so much. I’m not sure I agree with a lot of it…”entitlement”? I was always taught that you worked for what you got. If you want something, then you just work a little harder. You put in that extra effort. I see so many people now want everything, and yet, they don’t want to work for it. It happens in the workplace a lot…those who do most of the work while the others just sit back and watch. They don’t want to do anything unless they are paid “extra”. Huh? Oh, don’t get me started……
    Anyway, I love your card! So simple, but so elegant with just the right touches! Beautiful! I love those pearl accents! 🙂

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    1. I didn’t know that cursive was not taught any more. Ridiculous! It was one of the first skills to learn when I went to school. I feel so old!!! The pearls are a bargain – they cost £1 for 600!!! Pearls on everything!!

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  10. First thing, I will hop on the ‘rant’ train. ONE of my peeves is when people say ‘hot water heater’. It is a water heater. If the water was hot we would not need a water heater. I am a Southerner through and through and I hate to say it, but I think this is a ‘Southern thang’. Now, you have done it again: Made another beautiful card. (In addition to getting my blood pumping.) 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, one too many words! And if it was sold as a “hot water heater” it would probably be the butt of some jokes! Thanks so much for the kind woods about the card. Hope the BP levels out soon…maybe a nice bath?! Water temperature permitting…

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  11. My current peeve is people writing and typing the “$” behind the number. There is even businesses in my city that have signs that read: “Must have a 5$ order to use card.” To me it looks so unprofessional. Come on people, my 8 year old son knows better than that. That rant over, but there is no negative rant about the card. I absolutely love the card! Well done!

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  12. That would annoy the hell out of me too! These new words our teenagers feel necessary to use for words that already exist and work perfectly within our vocabulary also annoy me too, but that’s another story. Maybe I’m just getting old!

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  13. Loved your beautiful card.. I think we should all do what we love and forget newscasters and politicians. Lol There are a lot of things I would like to rant about. Those in power of any sort seem to think – we the public – are stupid. Hang in there – America has dumb newscasters too. Lol

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  14. I agree with you and can totally sympathies. Especially when it comes to grammar when your job is IN journalism and you’re on the TV… I often shout to the telly “SPEAK ENGLISH Woman/Man…”.. or “You’re FIRED!” (in true “Apprentice style”) and I’m not even 100% English! It’s shocking! hahaha….

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  15. It is annoys me too. I have seen similar to the example in Isn’t She Crafty’s comment above and expressed the same Grrrr! lol! Mind you I don’t like to say too much because my grammar and spelling is shocking. One of the big things that really annoys me is the date and then the century incorrectly stated on pins!! More Grrrrrrs! Gorgeous card. When I saw it, I instantly thought of summer fetes and garden parties.
    Hugs Flo x

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    1. Thanks Flo! We all make spelling and grammar mistakes and I know I have got worse as I have grown older. I wouldn’t want anyone going through my scribblings with a red pen, for sure!

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  16. Aw Puff you must bloomin’ hate coming to my blog, and I’m really sorry if me making up words instead of using the correct ones are a step too far for you. But … I do know what you mean. My current HATES are: ‘Snowflake(s)’ – when someone is talking about another person who has a different opinion to the writer of that word. And … # before a number: #6 or question #9, or … follow instruction #10 – that sort of thing. This is Great Britain for dogs sake! We use either: ‘number’ or ‘No.’ – the other thing isn’t ours.
    I also hate to see a British person writing colour or favour, flavour, amour, saviour, and other words ending in ‘our’, but missing out that ‘u’. Again, WE spell it ‘our’ not ‘or’.
    British standards are falling and I don’t like it one bit. It’s like the tip of the iceberg with society breaking down – it’s the huge chunk hidden under the sea which is messed up and while we (teachers, parents etc) allow standards to continue to fall, society will become more and more messed up.

    I don’t understand half of the things teens and those in their twenties type to each other. It’s like some sort of code which I don’t have the time to attempt to work out.

    Oh heck … I’m on my soapbox now. I shall stand down and stop chewing your ear off.

    LOVE the card… it has such a charm about it, particularly that tiny touch of the flowery paper ‘flag’ up in the corner. AND …. THOSE PEARLS!!! Oh. My. Goodness!! How did I not know about those? All those pearls for a pound?!!! Aw bug*er … I bet those have all sold out now. (But I shall go and look … just in case).

    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Nope, I love coming to your blog. And I love ‘made-y up’ words if they are good, or clever, or funny… Change is fine, and necessary, but let’s just not lose everything good for the sake of ‘progress’. Basically we are both making the same point! And if you cannot get the pearls let me know and I’ll see if I can find any up here for you. £1 for 600 is too good a bargain to miss out!!

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      1. Awww… thanks Puff. 😋
        Hoping to go tomorrow … but I’ll see what mood Little Cobs arrives with first. Not taking a rascal to Poundland … he’ll wreck the place if he’s in *that* mood. lol.
        sending bedtime squidges ~ C. x

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    1. Thanks! I did actually get a Christmas card from the Palace once….but it was actually from a surplus stock they had and shared amongst staff. I knew the son of the Queen ‘s postman….

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  17. I agree with you, there should be either “am” or “in the morning”, but not both.

    I’m used to 24-hour time format and there is one thing, that I can’t really understand: if 11 pm is still evening, but 1 am is already morning… when there is night actually? Lol
    A rhetorical question…

    P.S.: loved that “sneeze of embellishments in a pile” on your card! It should be a continuation of “fully loaded” series, I bet)

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  18. Someone else mentioned “hot water heater”, one of my pet peeves, along with “candlestick holder”. And, in another category (sorry, this is about to be an incomplete sentence): “hieroglyphics” instead of “hieroglyphs”. Hate the murder of the English language. Love your card!

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  19. First, I absolutely love your card – collage is a favorite and you’ve put it together with pieces that are really your style – a win/win! Your story about the news announcers and their redundant recital of the time reminded me of something that happened years ago: I worked in an office and Cynthia, an older woman, was a co-worker. She used to annoy the heck out of me because she constantly used words and idioms incorrectly, substituting different words that sounded slightly right, maybe, unless you were listening carefully. (And of course I began to listen carefully!) So how I handled it was that I would write down what she said and then go home and share it with my husband, who was a strict grammarian. We would get the biggest kick out of it and laugh ourselves silly. I think that paper with the “Cynthisms,” as we called them, is still around here somewhere… but here’s an example. She was complaining about some sneaky people that we had to be wary of, and she said, “You’ve got to watch them like a clock!” And to that I would add, “When? AM in the morning, or PM at night?!”

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    1. Oh, I would have loved to be around someone like that. Constant amusement in the workplace. Good story! My maternal grandmother used to get her words mixed up a lot. She had her walls painted in that shade of cream called ‘Mongolia’ and she once famously asked my dad how his autopsy (biopsy) had gone!! As for the card, I think I am actually allergic to collage. It fills me with trepidation. I am therefore very happy that you think it worked. Thanks!

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