Posted by Lewis on September 23, 2005
In Reply to: Re: The sun won't stand still posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 20, 2005
: : Does anyone know the meaning of this phrase? And an example of when it might be used?
: I've never heard this phrase but I'd be prepared to bet that it derives from the Old Testament story of Joshua smiting the Amorites in the plain of Ajalon, when the Lord caused the sun to stand still for half a day in order to give Joshua and the Children of Israel enough daylight time to do a proper job of the smiting. (Book of Joshua, Chapter 10, verses 11-14). In which case the phrase would mean something like "the world won't come to a halt and wait [for you to be ready]". (VSD)
Tempus fugit and all that.
BTW - for those with L@tin - doesn't it mean that 'time flees' and thus runs away from us all? usually it is translated as 'time flies', but that doesn't give a vector to it, which the original may have had.