June 11, 2007 at 8:43 pm (John Toland, tides)


I have not lost my appetite for this project – indeed I have been seeing more connections and making the odd discovery as the time ebbs slowly by – but it is the ebbing of time that is the problem. The lunar pull on the time and tide* is strong and the weather draws me outdoors and further from my keyboard.

I was slightly geed up when I discovered that someone (John Toland) actually read this tripe – and will endeavour to put more up soon.

*The origin of the phrase “Time and tide wait for no man” is uncertain, although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225: “And te tide and te time ├żat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”

A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version.

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