to ask you to settle this argument?

(55 Posts)
MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:35

Me and a friend agreed to go out for coffee this morning. Texting each other last night to confirm.

Friend - what time do you want to meet?
Me - Lets say 10?
Friend - Lets make it half past instead.
Me - Great. See you tomorrow.

I get a call at 10 asking where I was. When she said lets make it half past I assumed she meant 10:30, whereas she actually meant 9:30.

Am I the only one who would assume that she meant 10:30?

(this is light-hearted by the way and no one has fallen out or got upset etc)

AngelWreakinHavoc Sun 13-Jan-13 13:00:40

I would have presumed half 10.

onetiredmummy Sun 13-Jan-13 13:01:18

10:30 here smile

TooTiredToBeCreative Sun 13-Jan-13 13:01:22


januaryjojo Sun 13-Jan-13 13:02:11

I'd go with half ten too.

YorkshireDeb Sun 13-Jan-13 13:02:30

I'd think half 10 too. X

Half ten here too. Glad you didn't fall out though smile

10.30 and especially because it's Sunday!

DeepRedBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 13:03:00

I immediately assumed 10.30 too.


SDeuchars Sun 13-Jan-13 13:04:05

Is she German? (Half 10 in German means "half to 10", otherwise known as 9:30.

domesticdiva Sun 13-Jan-13 13:06:23

Depends, if you are English then yes 10.30. I live abroad and if you say half ten they actually mean 9.30! Though if you say ten thirty that is 10.30!! Trust me it's confusing :-)

Groovee Sun 13-Jan-13 13:06:33

10.30 to me too

chris481 Sun 13-Jan-13 13:08:24

I agree half-ten can mean half-before-ten, depending on your cultural heritage, so I have in the past queried people who used that phrase. However OP claims she actually said "past" which doesn't leave much room for doubt.

MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 13:13:07

Sorry we are both from the UK and have both never lived abroad at any stage in our life.

Tee2072 Sun 13-Jan-13 13:13:16


whatyoulookinat Sun 13-Jan-13 13:14:32


Shakey1500 Sun 13-Jan-13 13:14:45

Yep 10.30


Diddydollydo Sun 13-Jan-13 13:16:47


TidyDancer Sun 13-Jan-13 13:17:13

Definitely 10:30.

MegaClutterSlut Sun 13-Jan-13 13:18:01


QOD Sun 13-Jan-13 13:18:06


Link her to the thread so we can laugh at her!

urbanproserpine Sun 13-Jan-13 13:18:12

yep 10.30.

My mum once missed a funeral because my aunt told her it was 'next Thursday'. My mum thought that meant 'the Thursday that is in next week' and my aunt meant 'the next Thursday that comes along' - I think it was a Monday or Tuesday when they spoke...

lottiegarbanzo Sun 13-Jan-13 13:18:33


Ten had been mentioned, so was clearly the hour being discussed. She missed out the crucial word 'nine'.

Definitely 10.30

wibblyjelly Sun 13-Jan-13 13:20:26


MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 13:21:08

haha yes I will do QOD

urban yeah if it was Monday or Tuesday than you would definitely just say "this Thursday"

And urbanproserpine your Mum was right in that conversation too imho. If it was Monday /tues when they had the conversation your aunt should have simply said 'Thursday'if the funeral was that week.

takeaway2 Sun 13-Jan-13 13:23:02

1030 and the Thursday next week!

urbanproserpine Sun 13-Jan-13 13:23:52

I'm with her - but as they grew up together its funny that they were both so adamant what they meant.

MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 13:26:20

But surely next Thursday would imply that there was another Thursday inbetween and seeing as it was either Monday or Tuesday then there was only one Thursday.

PostmanPatsBlackandWhiteCat Sun 13-Jan-13 13:26:27


PuppyMonkey Sun 13-Jan-13 13:28:45

10.30 and it should be "on Thursday"

lottiegarbanzo Sun 13-Jan-13 15:15:25

Oh, there was a long and emphatic discussion in an office I worked in once about 'this Thursday' and 'next Thursday'. That's it, it is either this or next, the next one is this, the following one is next, next is not this!

The only room for ambiguity lies on Friday and Saturday when 'next Thursday' could be 'the Thursday of next week' rather than 'the next Thursday', in which case you might say 'Thursday week' for the following one.

I'd have thought 10:30 smile

Anniegetyourgun Sun 13-Jan-13 15:25:11

10:30, and "this Thursday".

SpicyPear Sun 13-Jan-13 15:27:26

10.30 - she is wrong wrong wrong!

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 13-Jan-13 15:46:32


maddening Sun 13-Jan-13 15:55:27


BertieBotts Sun 13-Jan-13 15:58:03

10.30 here too. Perhaps she meant to type half past nine but her phone ate the nine or something?

Frikadellen Sun 13-Jan-13 15:59:50

I would have checked but mostly because being Danish half in this case would to me mean 9 30 but to most of my friends mean 10 30 so I would have shot of another text saying 10.30? or ok see you at 10.30 unless I hear otherwise

easy to say yes but to me half is not an agreement grins..

10.30 and this thursday, or just 'on thursday'

ethelb Sun 13-Jan-13 16:07:47


NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 13-Jan-13 16:10:15

10.30 and this thursday

Startail Sun 13-Jan-13 16:11:03

10.30 as that was the last text.

catgirl1976 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:09:41


StuntGirl Sun 13-Jan-13 17:12:51


NewYearNewNagoo Sun 13-Jan-13 17:18:03

1030. this thursday.

It's a whitewash grin

VariousBartimaeus Sun 13-Jan-13 17:22:53


And to throw in another one, "this summer" --> does that mean last summer (so 2012) or the next one (so 2013)?!

For me it's 2013, 2012 is "last summer" but apparently it's not that for everyone I talk to...

(I realise it could vary depending on the time of the year)

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sun 13-Jan-13 17:25:21



This summer - surely it just depends on the tense? "this summer I went to Spain" - summer 2012 - "This summer I'm going to Spain" Summer 2013. Can't think of any examples where the tense wouldn't give it away?

Anniegetyourgun Sun 13-Jan-13 18:26:38

Wellllll... "this summer" would probably mean for me the summer of the year we were currently in, if it wasn't otherwise obvious from the context. Thus if someone had talked about "this summer" last month they would mean summer 2012, whereas if they said it this month it would refer to 2013. Probably. If they said "this summer we went to Lanzarote" in April I would be thoroughly confused.

Language is such a minefield.

Iteotwawki Sun 13-Jan-13 18:34:08


Next Thursday - means Thursday of next week, this Thursday is Thursday of this week.

This summer - we're in it now smile so both 2012 & 2013. Got to love living in the Southern Hemisphere smile however this winter is June-August 2013 and last winter was 2012.

10:30. Utter lunacy. Tell her to come on here ad explain herself!

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