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View Poll Results: What is the cutoff from TODAY to TONIGHT?
6pm 20 46.51%
7pm 18 41.86%
8pm 3 6.98%
9pm 1 2.33%
Gaz-thirty 1 2.33%
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:48 PM  
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Random Poll Time! (That's what she said!)

Ok, random poll... at what cutoff time do you stop saying TODAY and switch to TONIGHT. For example... "I'll meet you at 5 o'clock today" or "I'll meet you at 10 tonight"
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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Lack of 'evening' fail.

More on point, I generally don't use today and tonight unless someones pointedly asks for disambiguation.

ie, - 'I know you said 5, but is it 5 today or 5 tomorrow.'

And yes, I generally converse assuming a date and time are sufficient. ie, if you aren't about the current day, the standard is, say, 'next week on Wednesday the 20th somewhere around 5 p.m.'

If push came shove, though, I'd say

Dawn - from whatever your sunrise time and 1/2 hours thereafter.
Morning - end of Dawn to Noon
Afternoon - Noon to 4 or 5 p.m.
Evening - p.m. [ie, start of local 'evening' news] to end of daylight

Maybe there should add in 'Dusk.'

Night - full dark to dawn.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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I think for me, 'tonight' starts when most people get off work, so around 5.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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Lack of 'evening' fail.
It's for a program... I figure it's fine to just say Today or Tonight... instead of "in the morning" / "morning" / "afternoon" /"evening" etc etc
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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I think for me, 'tonight' starts when most people get off work, so around 5.
So, if you were to meet someone out at 5:15pm.. you'd say "Meet me at 5:15 TONIGHT"? Interesting... I am starting to think 6pm may be a consensus cutoff.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:02 PM   #6
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I think most people are going to respond with their typical dinner time. Mine is 7PM.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:02 PM   #7
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So, if you were to meet someone out at 5:15pm.. you'd say "Meet me at 5:15 TONIGHT"? Interesting... I am starting to think 6pm may be a consensus cutoff.
I think I would. However, I never have social interaction, so I'm not sure.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #11
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So, if you were to meet someone out at 5:15pm.. you'd say "Meet me at 5:15 TONIGHT"? Interesting... I am starting to think 6pm may be a consensus cutoff.
Though I personally think of it as being more like 5pm, I think 6pm makes more sense. That makes a nice symmetrical day:

6am-noon = morning
noon-6pm = afternoon
6pm-midnight = evening (aka tonight)
midnight-6am = overnight
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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Though I personally think of it as being more like 5pm, I think 6pm makes more sense. That makes a nice symmetrical day:

6am-noon = morning
noon-6pm = afternoon
6pm-midnight = evening (aka tonight)
midnight-6am = overnight
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:24 PM   #13
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Though I personally think of it as being more like 5pm, I think 6pm makes more sense. That makes a nice symmetrical day:

6am-noon = morning
noon-6pm = afternoon
6pm-midnight = evening (aka tonight)
midnight-6am = overnight
Sweet, I think I'm going with 6pm
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There is no clear line between these two.

Today can go up to midnight.
Tonight can begin as soon as 5:00 PM.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #15
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There is no clear line between these two.

Today can go up to midnight.
Tonight can begin as soon as 5:00 PM.
yeah, that's why it was hard for me to draw a line in the code I am writing. With the feedback here though, it seems 6pm is my best bet.
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