86,400

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I was once sent an e-mail that likened the 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day to money. It went on to ask if you were given that amount of money every morning knowing that you would lose any you did not spend, would you endeavor to spend every cent.  Of course you would.  It attempts to remind us that we need to use every second of every day to its fullest.  That is so true, except . . . .I spend approximately 8 hours out of every 24 sleeping or 28,800 seconds.  Does that mean I have squandered that time?  No, I am recharging.

Now this brings up another problem.  How you speak and how you are understood.  I could say that I am not responsible for what you hear, only for what I say. But that is not quite accurate. I am a big believer that it is not how well you speak that is important but how well you are understood.  One may speak correctly and still be misunderstood.  Why?  The person or persons you are speaking to may not speak exactly the same way you do.  Their comprehension may be at a different place than yours.  For example – the word rug – it has different meanings depending on where you live.  In England a rug is a blanket. In Canada a rug is a carpet.  My point is that if you are going to chastise someone for squandering time make sure it is the appropriate amount.  We all need some down time!

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10 thoughts on “86,400

  1. scottishmomus

    So true. I’ve had a few occasions where there had been misunderstanding based on different usage of vocabulary.
    In fact, when you mentioned rug I immediately thought small carpet, then wig!
    I used ‘wasted’ at one point to describe being chuffed and someone else thought I was drunk or out of it in some other way! And we never really know until we do it which words will be the culprits. 😉 x

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  2. Jade Reyner

    Great post – there are several words that have more than one usage depending upon the context and that can be very confusing, sometimes more so in the written word than the spoken word. And just to confuse you further, we do use rug to mean a small carpet over here in the UK as well, but we also use it to mean wig as said by scottishmomus. I have no idea how anyone who doesn’t have English as their first language, ever begins to understand us! 🙂

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  3. quiall Post author

    I was fortunate as a child as I was given books about school children in the UK so I picked up on many differences. Now I read authors from the UK so it helps!

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  4. oldmainer

    Very well put. Probably why so many mistakes are made. Reminds me of the game where everyone sits in a circle and the first person whispers something to the next and so on. By the time it goes around the circle, there is no resemblance to what was originally said. And, if I might add, if you mention a rug to a bald guy, he is probably not going to equate it to a blanket:)

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