names for hours like midnight and noon

Are there names for hours other than 12am and 12pm? For instance does 1pm have a name? Certainly 6pm should have a name. It’s the point where the day is 3/4 done.

The Lojban language has something that kinda does that.

la pacac. 1 A.M., or the hour called the ‘first hour’

la recac. 2 A.M., or the hour called the ‘second hour’

la cicac. 3 A.M., or the hour called the ‘third hour’

la vocac. 4 A.M., or the hour called the ‘fourth hour’

la mucac. 5 A.M., or the hour called the ‘fifth hour’

la xacac. 6 A.M., or the hour called the ‘sixth hour’

la zecac. 7 A.M., or the hour called the ‘seventh hour’

la bicac. 8 A.M., or the hour called the ‘eighth hour’

la socac. 9 A.M., or the hour called the ‘ninth hour’

la panocac. 10 A.M., or the hour called the ‘tenth hour’

la papacac. 11 A.M., or the hour called the ‘eleventh hour’

la midycac. 12 noon, or the hour called the ‘twelfth hour’, or the hour called the middle hour

la pacicac. 1 P.M., or the hour called the ‘thirteenth hour’

la pavocac. 2 P.M., or the hour called the ‘fourteenth hour’

la pamucac. 3 P.M., or the hour called the ‘fifteenth hour’

la paxacac. 4 P.M., or the hour called the ‘sixteenth hour’

la pazecac. 5 P.M., or the hour called the ‘seventeenth hour’

la pabicac. 6 P.M., or the hour called the ‘eighteenth hour’

la pasocac. 7 P.M., or the hour called the ‘nineteenth hour’

la renocac. 8 P.M., or the hour called the ‘twentieth hour’

la repacac. 9 P.M., or the hour called the ‘twenty-first hour’

la rerecac. 10 P.M., or the hour called the ‘twenty-second hour’

la recicac. 11 P.M., or the hour called the ‘twenty-third hour’

la nocac. 12 midnight, or the hour called the ‘twenty-fourth hour’, or the hour called the ‘zeroth hour’

This is based on their number system:

pa 1

re 2

ci 3

vo 4

mu 5

xa 6

ze 7

bi 8

so 9

no 0

The artificial language Lojban was created by the Logical Language Group in 1987, with the intent to make the language more complete, usable, and freely available.

Lojban numbers are read off as strings of numerals, each representing

a digit of the number as it is written. You can thus practice the

numerals by reading the two numbers: “12345” and “67890”:

12345

English: “One hundred twenty-three thousand forty-five”

Lojban: “parecivomu” (pah,reh,shee,voh,moo)

67890

English: “Six hundred seventy-eight thousand ninety”

Lobjan: “xazebisono” (khah,zeh,bee,soh,noh)

But back to the question, are there names for a particular hour in the day?

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Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

I was typing a response to this very early this morning and was trying to say exactly what you just said: No matter what another languages’ word for the time, it is still the same time. After doing some more research, the only two hours that have names outside of their numbers are Noon and Midnight. According to the Greenwich Mean Time website the time 00:00:00 has no meaning, thus it is called “midnight”. It’s a matter of proper etiquette to refer to the noon or midnight hour as such so as not to confuse the person with whom you are speaking or otherwise communicating. I like the creative idea behind naming the hours though. Which is your favorite hour? Maybe we can name it “Matt” :^”>

Alberto
Alberto
15 years ago

This is really interesting and intriguing. How can I learn loglan/lojban?. Can anybody tell me?. Your input will be very much appreciated. Thank you very much. Alberto in Australia

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