[LEAPSECS] Schedule for success

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Dec 30 21:01:00 EST 2008

In message: <495AC9C8.9010601 at cox.net>
Greg Hennessy <greg.hennessy at cox.net> writes:

: If you wish to make an argument that they did get it incorrect, please

: do so.

GMT is officially deprecated as the term for what is now UTC. To
continue to use the old terminology over three and a half decades
after it was deprecated is a mistake.

See for example:


>> Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

>> A 24-hour time keeping system whose hours, minutes, and seconds

>> represent the time-of-day at the Earth's prime meridian (0°

>> longitude) located near Greenwich, England. Technically speaking,

>> GMT no longer exists, since it was replaced by other astronomical

>> time scales many years ago, and those astronomical times scales

>> were subsequently replaced by the atomic time scale UTC. However,

>> the term GMT is still incorrectly used by the general public. When

>> heard today, it should be considered as a synonym for UTC.

Clearly, NIST believe that the use of the term GMT is incorrect and
they provide the 'common mistake' translation to UTC.

They got it wrong. Just because it is a common mistake makes it no
less incorrect.


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