[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Sep 18 22:13:33 BST 2015


> On Sep 18, 2015, at 2:55 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
>> So I shouldn’t avoid ambiguity and assume everybody has the same understanding?
> 
> AFAICS, there is no ambiguity.  There is a CONVENTION that 12 AM is
> midnight and 12 PM is mid-day.  You don't have to work it out from first
> principles - it's an axiom, if you like, of telling time using the
> 12-hour clock.

A CONVENTION that is not known by everybody isn’t reliable.   Who established this convention?


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