For my whole life…”noon” has meant 12 o’clock — midday.
That’s how it is in the world. Noon = midday = 12 o’clock.
Now, suddenly, I have to get used to the concept that in Israel “noon” means anything after 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. and you have to be specific. Even worse is that it typically means 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s this WHOLE block of freaking time that people are so ambiguous about…and it doesn’t even really include the actual NOON.
And “afternoon”? Well “afternoon” refers to the time between 4 p.m. and dinner time.
I mean…according to Mirriam Webster, “noon” is 12 o’clock midday.
It’s not just some rule I made up.
I can’t get used to it.
It’s so hard to like CHANGE the MEANING of a word.