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Last Hussar01 Dec 2011 11:18 a.m. PST

I regularly find USians use 'a fourth' rather than 'a quarter', yet sports use 'quarters' so the word is not unknown.

Anybody know why?

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2011 11:33 a.m. PST

I use both of them.

nvdoyle01 Dec 2011 12:00 p.m. PST

Interchangeable, mostly.

'USian'?

goragrad01 Dec 2011 12:52 p.m. PST

Depends on context – rarely see fourth used in reference to time.

A fourth of a cup vs a quarter cup on the other hand is not uncommon.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian01 Dec 2011 12:59 p.m. PST

…rarely see fourth used in reference to time.

"A quarter of an hour" seems common enough here.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member01 Dec 2011 9:53 p.m. PST

Think that "fifths" are more popular like in a "fifth of bourbon"

Jovian102 Dec 2011 1:25 p.m. PST

I'd prefer that bourbon came in fourth's rather than fifths – and for the same price! wink

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member03 Dec 2011 6:54 a.m. PST

I use "quarter" all the time, and am USian.
-Kle.

pphalen Inactive Member04 Dec 2011 5:59 a.m. PST

I rarely use the word fourth, unless it is the context, "This is the fourth consectutive losing season for my Dolphins!"

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member04 Dec 2011 7:06 p.m. PST

I've used both.

Lentulus Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 7:14 p.m. PST

As a fraction, always quarter – I'm a Canuck.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2012 7:39 p.m. PST

I've never heard a $0.25 USD coin referred to as a fourth.

Rick

ChicChocMtdRifles Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 12:35 p.m. PST

Yes!!! Lets use 'fourth' for 25 cents. So my children can always ask if they can have 3/4 for a soda.

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