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Why do we call 12 p.m. noon?

Midnight at least makes sense. What the heck is "noon"?

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Keith Rohan
February 07, 2020 10:51PM

The nickname dates back to the Roman Empire, believe it or not. The Romans had a pretty interesting timekeeping system, dividing the day into four chunks of three hours beginning at 6 a.m. The ninth hour (3 p.m.) was called None and signaled the start of the last section of the day. Over time, the church rituals that happened at None began earlier and earlier (maybe because monks could end their fasts after those rituals). The rest of the story is pretty murky, but at least partially due to these ever-earlier prayers, “noon” meant “midday” by the middle of the 13th century.

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Elizabeth Melada
February 18, 2020 11:07PM

The reason we English speakers call 12pm “noon” is because the liturgical recitation of nones (“ninth hour” or 3pm in Latin) was moved up by hungry monks more and more until nones (3pm) was celebrated as early as 12pm so that they could break fast and eat lunch!)

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Javon Jones
February 24, 2020 11:34PM

moonlight ya spotlighttttttttttt yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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sansanbridal
February 19, 2020 2:28AM

i loveyou

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Faith Alyea
February 20, 2020 9:12PM

It is the middle of the day

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Oscar Groombridge
February 21, 2020 9:07AM

If you have moon in the night, some rando suggested noon in the day.

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Sarah Hudnell
February 26, 2020 12:01PM

idk

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Samuel Odland
February 24, 2020 3:23PM

Because, Logic

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Martin Hughes
February 24, 2020 6:25PM

Mid-Noon!

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Zipporah Hart-Russell
February 24, 2020 7:01PM

dont know

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Crystal Lugo [STUDENT]
February 24, 2020 8:57PM

well we dont always use the term noon see if its 12 pm it is officaly morning so really noon is 56789 pm 12 is the morning !

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uyamari
February 21, 2020 6:09PM

The abbreviation am stands for ante-meridiem and pm stands for post-meridiem. At 12 noon, the Sun is at its highest point in the sky and directly over the meridian. ( am stands for ante-meridiem, before the Sun has crossed the meridian line ) ( pm stands for post-meridiem, after the Sun has crossed the meridian line ) Noon (or midday) is 12 o'clock in the daytime, as opposed to midnight. It is written as 12 noon, 12 p.m. (for post meridiem) or 12 pm. Solar noon is the time when the Sun appears to contact the local celestial meridian. Simply it's logical reasoning.

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Robinson Pearce
February 23, 2020 8:05AM

Hello, To avoid confusion, the appropriate way to express 12 o'clock 12 noon or 12 midnight. Alternatively, the 24-hour clock system may be used - 12:00 and 24:00 (or 00:00) respectively. The abbreviation am stands for ante-meridiem (before the Sun has crossed the meridian line) and pm stands for post-meridiem (after the Sun has crossed the meridian line). At 12 noon, the Sun is at its highest spot in the sky and straight over the meridian. It is therefore neither 'ante' (am) nor 'post' (pm). Have a beautiful day!

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Katelyn Greenaway
February 22, 2020 2:08PM

The abbreviation am stands for ante-meridiem (before the Sun has crossed the meridian line) and pm stands for post-meridiem (after the Sun has crossed the meridian line). At 12 noon, the Sun is at its highest point in the sky and directly over the meridian.

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Areeba Javed
February 19, 2020 2:34PM

because its really afternoon after the moon

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Roshan Tyagi
February 19, 2020 8:26AM

At 12 noon, the Sun is at its highest point in the sky and directly over the meridian.

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DARRIONNA MITCHELL
February 24, 2020 10:05PM

it is the middle of the dayyyy

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Sierra Marie
February 21, 2020 1:57AM

bc its in the middle of the day