Instructor: Cathy Focarazzo
English 100: Strategies For Writing
February 8, 2013
In the essay “ Metaphors We Live By” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson the metaphor Time Is Money is the one that interested me the most. Here in America we seem to relate time with money. We are a society that is always on the go and don’t take time to slow down and relax. In some other countries they don’t relate time to money, they see time differently. Lakoff and Johnson stated that “Time Is Money, Time is a Limited Resource, and Time is a Valuable Commodity, these are all metaphorical concepts” (Lakoff and Johnson, par. 2). In our culture we see Time as Money, whereas in other cultures they see Time as a Valuable Commodity.
Lakoff and Johnson stated that “In our culture Time Is Money in many ways: telephone message units, hourly wages, hotel room rates, yearly budgets, interest on loans, and paying debt to society by ‘serving time’.” (Lakoff and Johnson, par. 1) I myself would consider time as money also. When I had a job with no benefits I would always say that I couldn’t afford to get sick because I couldn’t afford to lose money on my paycheck. A lot of things that we do we relate to time and money, for instance, if something happens unexpectedly the first thing we think is how much time and money it is going to cost. Whenever I want to do something or go somewhere I usually plan for it, because I have to figure on how much it is going to cost so that I can save up the money. I very rarely do things at the spur of the moment due to money. Here in America to relate to the time is money metaphor we have a national debt clock that shows how every second our national debit goes up. Our outstanding public debt as of February 11,2013at 02:14.27am GMT is $16,499,693,671,769.62. The estimated population of the US is 314,401,188 so each citizen’s share of the debt is $52,479.74. The national debt has continued to increase an average of $3.82 billion per day since...