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Really random thought today: Time is of the essence.
What does that even mean? We all know what time means, although I suppose it has multiple meanings. But what about the word essence? I always think of the word essence as spiritual, almost ethereal.
Mirriam Webster has several definitions: 1. the permanent element of a being (opposite of the accidental element) 2. the individual nature of a thing (personality?) 3. the attributes of a thing (descriptions, maybe?) 4. the most significant quality of a thing or person. Well, you get the idea.
To me, these meanings would make the saying "Time is of the essence" incomplete. Time is of the essence of what?
But I digress. Regardless of the definition of the word essence, what the heck does the phrase mean!? What I gathered from some quick research is that it implies that there is a deadline that must be met in a contractual situation.
According to Construction Science and a book by Stephen Ambrose called Nothing Like it in the World the phrase came about during the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Although the project seemed impossible, people actually placed bets that it could be done. It had to be done quickly, so that time, not money (because it was a costly job), was of the essence.
And there is your tiny, little trivia lesson of the day! Haha!
My twins turned 26 over the weekend. TWENTY-SIX! How does that even happen? And luckily, I was able to see them both since one of them lives almost 5 hours north of here. My momma heart was full.
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