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What is Grinch Mean Time?

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November 30, 2012 5:44PM

The moment on the Grinchs' clock that indicates it's time to steal Christmas, and time to get mean.

The answer above is almost certainly the right one, but it is just possible that the questioner was asking about Greenwich mean time.

Many who don't speak the Queen's English believe that Greenwich is pronounced "green witch." Almost all Brits say it 'grennitch', but a few (including Her Majesty), opt for "grinnitch." New Zealanders, who long ago abandoned "maj-speak", go for 'grinnertch'. The 'er' in this is a very short schwa, and the result sounds amazingly like Grinch.