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October 03, 2011


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Great post, Susan.

Yes, it can be confusing at times for those who aren't used to it.

GMT is also referred to as "Zulu Time" in US military circles. "Zulu" is the phonetic word for the letter "Z", and I believe Z-time was initially derived from "zero-meridian" time, i.e., GMT.

The usage of Zulu is to avoid confusion when communicating across multiple time zones. To facilitate things further, it is normal to have multiple clocks displaying Local and Zulu. UTC is thrown into the mix occasionally when extreme precision is required.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, John. Yes, the Wikipedia page on GMT did mention Zulu time, but, to be honest, it was so technical and above my head that I couldn't understand it.


Hopefully this helps. GMT and Zulu are the same.

Zulu and UTC are one and the same at a practical, human, level. To a precision navigation system, they may differ by milliseconds.


I grew up in Deptford, within bottle-throwing distance of Greenwich, and I and those around me pronounced it as per the fourth OED version. In Greenwich itself there were those of a more RP nature, and they used the first OED version. You may be right about "grin" being old-fashioned - I am certainly old-fashioned myself - but in my day it was a class issue, so the upmarketing of that part of London may be a reason for the decline of "grin", if decline there be.

Virtual Linguist

Thank you very much for your comment, Picky, and for the answer from the horse's mouth, so to speak. Thanks for dropping by and reading.

Thanks again, John. Yes, that's clear.

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