Yesterday was tomorrow today

Gestern war Heute Morgen

Please forgive me for this one.

I shouldn’t learn my German from advertising, but advertising is all around, even in Switzerland. And so, it seems, is this sign: Gestern war Morgen Heute (yesterday was tomorrow today).

I think I’ve seen a variation too: Morgen ist Heute Gestern (tomorrow is today yesterday). And maybe there is still another: Heute ist Gestern Morgen.

No, that last one can’t be right. Or can it? I don’t know anymore.

The words have become like an old song that I can’t seem to get out of my head.

I think it’s time to set aside language learning for a few days. Or weeks.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.


3 Responses to Yesterday was tomorrow today

  1. Elise July 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    This reminds me of an amazing sermon I once heard about the Trinity which included this three-dimensional aspect of time! For me it was, and still is fascinating seeing God’s fingerprints in time, matter and space. Funny how a billboard can trigger a memory. Greetings from Steve & me. We’re enjoying your blogs.

    • Doug July 24, 2014 at 12:44 am #

      Thanks, Elise. I didn’t see any spiritual significance in this. Maybe someday, when the “bad song” thing is over, I could consider using this to talk about the Trinity. I hope you’re well.

  2. Jürg July 24, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Deutsche Sprache – schwere Sprache!! (This is stylistically not correct but as a Statement ok!

    “Gestern war morgen heute ”
    Yesterday today was tomorrow (still)

    “Heute war gestern morgen”
    Today was tomorrow yesterday

    “Morgen ist heute gestern”
    Tomorrow today is yesterday (will be)

    I do hope I got them right!! It’s pretty clever advertising anyway.


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