[LEAPSECS] the big artillery

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Thu Nov 6 11:19:44 EST 2014

Tony Finch said:
>> "minutes" and "seconds" are fractions of 60 and have been so since
>> babylonian times for minutes and since 13-mumble for seconds.
> The etymology is actually helpful in this case rather than misleading as
> etymologies so often are.
> "minute" is short for "pars minuta prima", the first small part
> "second" is short for "pars minuta secunda", the second small part

And I've seen "third" and "fourth", with the obvious meaning, used in old

But etymology doesn't override present meanings.

Clive D.W. Feather          | If you lie to the compiler,
Email: clive at davros.org     | it will get its revenge.
Web: http://www.davros.org  |   - Henry Spencer
Mobile: +44 7973 377646

More information about the LEAPSECS mailing list