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Re: Topic ; time and tide waits for none

Posted by Lotg (OZ) on August 23, 2004

In Reply to: Topic ; time and tide waits for none posted by sita on August 23, 2004

: plz send some info on the above phrase

It's actually quite literal. And I think the saying is: Time and Tide waits for no man (and very few women). Just kidding about the bit in brackets.

Time is not something man can tamper with, it just keeps marching on regardless. Equally so with tides. Man hasn't yet figured out how to control the tides, although we've possibly messed about so much in other areas, that we might just have messed with tides.

Nonetheless, this phrase is simply saying, that no matter what you do, you can't stop time nor tides and it won't wait for you while you mess about. So, if you've got something important to do, don't procrastinate, because neither time nor tide will wait for you.