Lera Boroditsky, Does Language Shape Thought?: Mandarin and English Speakers’ Conceptions of Time
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English predominantly talks about time as if it were horizontal, while Mandarin … commonly describes time as vertical.
Late spring. Just after the last frost. I was walking home barefoot, facing the sun. Above one yard with plenty of white dandelion heads I saw in the polarised light golden motes dancing, circling each other, bobbing and teasing each other. They looked like golden fairies.
Reuben Hersh, interviewed by John Brockman
emphasis mine. via davidaedwards