The Idiomatic language of Time and Money

time-moneyIn my current bible translation project, we spend a lot of time examining English idioms that might hinder an English as a second language speaker’s understanding of the Biblical text. While I had never given much thought to it before, today I realized that in English we treat time and money identically in our English idioms. We speak about “how we spend our money” and “how we spend our time.” We speak about “how we invest our money” and “how we invest our time.” It is a thought to ponder next time we consider how we have spent our time and where it has been invested.

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