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Why is it Called UTC – not CUT?

The abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time is UTC. Why is it not abbreviated as “CUT” or “TUC”?

UTC Vs. CUT

Coordinated Universal Time becomes “UTC”.

The French and English could not agree on the abbreviation of Coordinated Universal Time, so UTC was a compromise between the two.

UTC – The World's Time Standard

The Official Abbreviation

The official abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time is UTC. It came about as a compromise between English and French speakers.

  • Coordinated Universal Time in English would normally be abbreviated CUT.
  • Temps Universel Coordonné in French would normally be abbreviated TUC.

Avoiding Confusion

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Astronomical Union wished to minimize confusion and designated one single abbreviation for use in all languages.

UTC does not favor any particular language. In addition, the advantage of choosing UTC is that it is consistent with the abbreviation for Universal Time, which is UT, with the variations UT0 and UT1.

What is the difference between GMT and UTC?

Topics: Time Zone, Timekeeping

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

22:43:13

Monday, May 20, 2019

UTC is the common time standard across the world

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