Thursday, December 31, 2009

what happens at the last minute of the eleventh hour?

3 "last minute" idiomatic etymologies to round off 2009:

  • the eleventh hour comes from matthew chapter twenty, a parable advocating capitalism (bring the comments ;-)),  in which some workers are hired at the very end of a working day (the eleventh working hour)
  • down to the wire/under the wire are both horse racing terms meaning a race was very close and it was down to who reached the finish line (wire) first.
  • in the nick of time is eponymously attributed to sir nicholaus goossen, the patron saint of procrastination, who was believed to have... okay this one is made up :)
happy new years everyone!

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