Time after time, what we get wrong about time

Time after time, what we get wrong about time
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I’m laying aside The Chicago Manual of Style for now, although I may return to it later.

My reading on most recent Fridays has included “The Essential List: The Week’s Best Stories,” an e-mail newsletter from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Today’s edition, under the usual subject heading FUTURE, has an article on “What we get wrong about time.” (link here)

It’s part of a series about how to think about things — wow, Serious stuff for a Friday! I’m there!

You may read the article and its own links to physics and psychology articles at the link. But stay here a moment, if you will — a moment of your time, of course — to consider ways we talk about time (and, in the parentheses, react to those ways).

The year’s almost over. (Hooray, in too many ways.)

What an unforgettable time. (No matter how hard I try.)

I remember. (Not what you remember, but hey, let’s try talking about what “really” happened.)

I had forgotten about that until… (the Christmas music played, I saw a decoration, I found an address that doesn’t get a card this year).

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

and never brought to mind?

(Of course not!)


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  • At least Friday the 13th is over....for a while.

  • In reply to jack:

    True, but check next year's calendar when you get one.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    With Outlook, I always have one.Due to the leap year, next one is March, 2020. Then Nov. 2020, Aug. 2021, May 2022, and any other month that starts on Sunday. That's why I said "for a while."

  • In reply to jack:

    Oh, I thought you meant one calendar for a minute -- but the many months must mean you're thinking of "one" as Friday the 13th. OK.

  • Great post, thank you!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're welcome -- every time!

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