Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I write this blog post to help you understand certain rules followed by publishers of books. You need to know the rules in case you want to break them. Our source is the bible of the publishing industry, The Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition.
Beloved bloggers: Carry on as you were. It I understand your post, then it's fine.
He asked, "What time is it?"
She replied, "Look at the damn clock if you wanna know."
Let's try again. Maybe she won't be as cranky the second time around.
She replied, "It's four-twelve a.m. and don't wake me up again, you f&*#@!."
What did I do wrong? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?
Ferris is absent––again––so I'll answer the question myself (note the correct use of myself).
Chicago wants us to use numerals with a.m. or p.m., and yes, Chicago prefers lowercase for a.m. and p.m. Therefore, her answer should be, "It's 4:12 a.m. and . . . " I'm sure you get the idea except this time she changes up the profanity. What do you think she calls him?
It's especially important to use numerals with a.m. or p.m. when you need an exact time: My plane leaves at 4:22 a.m.
However, Chicago prefers that you spell out the number if you're writing about the time of day on the hour, half hour, or quarter hour. If you use "o'clock," always spell out the number.
It's five o'clock. I am so f*&^%$! ready to go home, but I won't get out of here until at least a quarter to eight or maybe even nine thirty.
Wow! Makes me glad I don't have a job.
Chicago does not like numbers if it's noon or midnight. Chicago likes noon or midnight.
Get it? Got it? Good!
Infinities of love,