View Full Version : A saying... where did it start and by whom?

Wild Dingo
05-19-2008, 08:17 AM
"Time and tide wait for no man" Where did it start and who started it?

Its become somewhat of a motto for me just now but I was wondering about its beginings... anyone have a clue?

05-19-2008, 08:24 AM
google the term, Shane!
Seems to be unclear who first said it.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
05-19-2008, 08:31 AM
"And te tide and te time ţat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet."

1225, according to the OED.

later versions cited:

For thogh we slepe or wake, or rome, or ryde, Ay fleeth the tyme; it nil no [will no] man abyde.
[c 1390 Chaucer Clerk's Tale l. 118]
The Tyde abydeth no man.

[a 1520 Everyman (1961) l. 143]
Tyde nor time tarrieth no man.
[1592 R. Greene Disputation between He Cony-catcher & She Cony-catcher X. 241]

Time and tide tary on no man.
[1639 J. Clarke Parśmiologia Anglo-Latina 233]

Let's step into the state-room, and turn in: Time and tide waits for no one.
[1767 ‘A. Barton’ Disappointment II. i.]

Come, come, master, let us get afloat. ‥Time and tide wait for no man.
[1822 Scott Nigel III. ii.]

Time and tide wait for no man. ‘And a school bus waits for no boy.’
[2002 Washington Post 10 Mar. SC11 (Family Circus comic strip)]

Wild Dingo
05-19-2008, 08:51 AM
WOW Andrew!!! Cheers mate!! :cool:

Stood the test of time then? Excellent it must have some pretty strong mojo so a good choice for moi ;)