Recently, I found myself thinking about how several things “costs time”. I then realized how that sounds absurd. In the English language, things cost money, and money is precious. Time is precious as well, but apparently not enough to call it a cost.
But Germans see the world differently. “Es kostet Zeit”, they often say, which translates to “it costs time”.
Perhaps this reflects how punctuality is central to a German’s worldview. Perhaps not. Nevertheless, our language determines how perceive the world and vice-versa. Someday it might be acceptable to say that things cost time.
For a similar post on the language we associate with time, click here.