People All Over The World Are Late For A Very Important Date. Is That So Bad?

James Yang for NPR

James Yang for NPR

When we review Esther Ngumbi’s story about “Kenyan time,” we detonate into laughter.

In my culture, we have that, too — solely we call it “Filipino time.” Just like Kenyans, amicable events and appointments don’t unequivocally start during a scheduled hour. Heck, in a family, we’d wander into Sunday mass 30 mins late!

It turns out that many cultures around a universe share a same effervescent thought of time. Since we published Ngumbi’s post final week, a readers have sensitive us that in India, a materialisation is dubbed “IST,” or “Indian Standard Time.” In Indonesia, it’s called jam karet, or “rubber time.” And in Jamaica, there’s a deceptive time support called “soon come,” that could meant anything from “any second now” to “sometime after today.”

Here’s a preference of tweets and Facebook comments in response to a article. Some have been edited for length and clarity.







“The Vietnamese have a tenure for that: “giờ cao su,” or elastic/rubber time. Thirty mins late is still a bit early. we remembered we was told not to go to a celebration early (generally with eating) unless we was a host. The reason was that other people would consider that my family contingency be unequivocally poor, we contingency be unequivocally inspired and so we would uncover adult during a celebration early in sequence to eat lots of food. And so it is like a standard, we should not be early for an (eating) party. Sometimes people would uncover adult late with a toothpick stranded between a teeth, like they have only eaten somewhere else.” – Ida Le, around Facebook