When every other clock in the house displays 9:30, the clock in my room shows 9:34. When making note of this discrepancy I commented that our clock was early. You would think I'd suggest that the Pope was Buddhist.
Apparently, the proper nomenclature is that the clock is fast. But I don't think it is. Day after day, week after week, when every other clock in the house displays 9:30, the one in my room shows 9:34. If the clock was fast, it should say 9:42 by now.
Ergo, it is early.
|No question, this is an 'early' clock|
Think about it for just a minute. The clock in my room reaches 9:30 four minutes early. It doesn't get to 9:34 faster, just sooner. To be fast, it would have to keep adding to its lead but since it keeps the same distance from normal time we know the clock works fine and does not run fast.
Now, the clock in the van shows 9:37 when the clock in my truck shows 9:30 but that's because my truck's clock is actually slow (I've lost three minutes this year) and may also be because the van goes faster than the truck. But then, the speed of the van shouldn't impact the speed of the van's clock, and in thinking about it, I know that it actually doesn't since on numerous occasions, the van goes fast but arrives late while the clock remains early.
Am I being too precise? I decided to ask Google. Google was no help. The only place I found that actually addressed the issue was Yahoo!Answers and they are notoriously untrustworthy and filled with profanity. And disagreed with me.