influence of russian on AE

Joseph McCollum prez234 at JUNO.COM
Sat Feb 12 06:58:47 UTC 2000

I had heard there was a spy movie in which a character is asked, "What
time is it?"
The character (a Russian pretending to be a westerner) fumbles the
answer.  Instead of saying, "it's 12:15," or "it's a quarter past 12,"
the character says, "it's fifteen minutes into the first hour."

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