What does quarter past 1

10.15 a.m.: A quarter past eleven or a quarter past ten - how do you say it?

"Tell me the time and I'll tell you where you're from." Okay, this saying was just invented, but it's not entirely wrong. In Austria there are enormous regional differences when it comes to pronouncing the time. And it is not uncommon for the time specification to lead to confusion - "When do we meet?" - or even to disputes - "The way you say that, it is wrong!".

But how do you say, for example, 10.15 a.m.? The twitterer Möwi has the following point of view and thus sparked an emotional discussion:

Which pronunciation is the right one?

In the oral language one can find different names for hours that have begun: ten fifteen, a quarter past ten, a quarter eleven, or even a quarter past ten. You can also argue about "three quarters" and "quarters to".

It is quite logical - at least from the point of view of the "quarter eleven" sayers: It is a quarter of the next full hour. It's also the more consistent version of all of the time-tellers. Many who say "quarter over" or "quarter past" nonetheless use "three-quarters" and create an odd mix of different times.

More precisely, the German-speaking area is divided into two large and two small language areas, as "Spiegel Online" found out in a large online survey. In the east and south of Austria they say "quarter eleven", while in the west they say "quarter past ten". The same two contrasts can also be found in Germany. A special linguistic group has established itself in Upper Austria, Salzburg and parts of Upper Styria: this is where the group of "quarter over" sayers is most prominently represented.

Where do you say it like you do? Have you often discussed the correct pronunciation of the time with friends or colleagues? Have you changed the name of the times due to moving or other social influences? (Kevin Recher, 7.2.2018)