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Good question. From my casual understaning of the history of keeping time, the idea of the hour has been around a very long time. When I write fantasy, and the land has no concept of minutes, I use words like "instant" and "moment."

Something else to consider: we have months and weeks due to the cycles of the moon. What if your world doesn't have a moon? The late Joel Rosenberg, in his "Guardians of the Flame" books, has people use "tendays." I thought the idea made sense but not the term. I always thought that someone would come up with a term, like how "fortnight" meant two weeks.

Always more stuff to deal with when creating new worlds.  :)
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