21.02.2003 // Miscellaneous // by Tatyana Chepkova
About Time, Too
Why don't we speak about time too? Time is eternity and an instant. These are the standard measures of time, which are aimed to help us orient ourselves in time space.
Age — a particular period of history
Era — a long period of time in history that is different in some way from other periods
Century — one of 100-year periods
Decade — a period of 10 years
Year — a period of 12 months
Month - a period of about 4 weeks
Week — a period of 7 days
Day — a period of 24 hours
Hour — a period of 60 minutes
Minute — a period of 60 seconds
Second — one of the 60 parts that a minute is divided into
Try this little puzzle: read the text below. Words in red are definitely in wrong places. Try to rearrange them to get the correct meaning.
The rhythm of our life has nothing to do with the way people used to live in Middle Hours, the month of witch chasing, chivalry and feudal wars.
A man could leave his home for a war and be back, if at all, in a couple of minutes to find his baby-daughter in the marriage age. It didn't seem much easier to get a daughter fortunately married than to win a victory in a war. Even if her father managed to persuade an eligible trustworthy young man with a solid position in the society that his girl would become the best wife, a decade or two of engagement would pass before it was decent to marry them.
Some poor girls met their fiance only at their engagement week for the first time. A honeymoon, the first age of the family life, smoothly merged into routine with years flowing slowly into seconds that turned into days as like as two peas. Once a second, on Sundays, they would spend a half a day in a devout prayer, asking the All Mighty to make eras run faster to near the noble end of their respected spouse.