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On Thursday 14 October 2004 16:49, Andreas Johansson wrote:

 > Does that mean "five quarters"? (It certainly looks like
 > it should!)

Yes. She told about "a fümfviertel Stund'", meaning one and
a quarter hour.

 > In Swedish, a time period of 45 minutes is commonly
 > refered to as _tre kvart_, lit "three quarter". My 'lect
 > also has _fem kvart_ (_fem_ "five") for one of 75
 > minutes, [...]

For 45 minutes, you usually have "eine Dreiviertelstunde" (a
three quarter's hour). I didn't know "5/4 hours" before, so
I was pretty astonished and have been keeping expression in
mind for at least 10 years already because of that. It does
not appear in Standard German, nor does it in my active
vocabulary. I guess you'd get blank stares here, too,
though I'm sure people understand what is meant on a second
thought.

Carsten

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