I learned something new today! I was working through our Rosetta Stone Spanish (a computer program for language learning), doing a section which deals with telling time. I came across the phrase "Son las cinco pasadas." I knew this meant something like "It's a little past five o'clock," but I wanted a bit more information, so I bounced this phrase off Russell, our walking, talking (and eating) dictionary of local idioms.
He had never heard this particular phrase before. So I asked him, "How would someone around here say that the time is a little past five?"
He replied that they would likely just say it was five o'clock. Then he went on to tell me that, here in Lempira, when he asks people what time it is, they will generally only tell him the hour. (Rachel suggests that this may be related to the fact that, in Spanish, when you ask the time, you literally say, "What hour is it?")
So, if it is, say 4:45, the answer will be "It's four."
Then Russell will have to ask, "Four and how many?" And they will tell him that it is 45 minutes past 4.
This may explain a lot about how frequently people arrive late for events around here!