You you will see below, the actual expression widely used is Time flies!!! I hope this offers some value and some history. As you will see there is a famous coin containing that phrase, and it is subscribed into many clocks. Further, you will see that flies is not a word pertaining to flight, as Frank correctly pointed out, Google is hardly an official dictionary. The BBC’s article provides an analysis of how scientists have looked at time throughout history. The most famous scientist they include is Albert Einstein. He said time is simply something in our minds. Professor John Wearden, a time psychologist at Britain’s Keele University said it was difficult to analyze how time goes by. He said most people think time goes fast and slowly. As an example he quotes his own mother, who says days seem to last forever, but months fly by. Professor Wearden told the BBC: "Time doesn't really go fast or slowly, it can't do….It just goes at the speed it goes." He added that time can only be measured by a clock. Most language students might agree that time flies by when they are studying English. 1787 Joe calls it the most historic coin in the history of the US. It is marked with fugio, which means “time flies,” and its thirteen linked rings ... Tempus fugit is a Latin expression meaning "time flees", more commonly translated as "time flies". It is frequently used as an inscription on clocks. The expression was first recorded in the poem Georgics written by Roman poet Virgil: Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum capti circumvectamur amore, which means, "But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail." The meaning is sometimes used less colloquially as: "Meanwhile, the irreplaceable time escapes", expressing concern that one's limited time is being consumed by something which may have little intrinsic substance or importance at that moment. The expression is succinct and poignant, causing it to appear in numerous ways in modern culture. It appears as titles for television episodes (The X-Files), and musical compositions (jazz pianist Bud Powell, progressive rock group Yes). It also makes many appearances in literature, television (Star Trek: Voyager, Trailer Park Boys), in Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol and movies such as in one of the final scenes in the original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; and in the newsreel in the movie The Hudsucker Proxy. There are games (like Arcanum) that use the expression to name spells that have an impact on time. The tenses of the verb fly are flew, flown, flying. The logic of cry and cries and so on does not make it so. The expression is a direct translation from Latin. The expression is widely accepted and acknowledged but NOT correct in spelling. A lot of Italians say close/open the light, of course it is turn off/on the light. Again a direct translation. As stated above the phrase time flies is translated from Latin. The word is real, however not the correct meaning. It appears that it is not so elementary once you learn a bit of history.
Sep 6, 2010 11:12 AM