Examples of 25th hour
Examples of 25th hour
Where does 25th hour come from?
If you only had one 24-hour day to complete a task, and it took you 25 hours, well, it looks like you would run out of time. The term 25th hour plays on this concept of out-of-time urgency, and is often used similarly to the eleventh hour.
One notable, early use of the term comes from a 1949 anti-war novel, 25th Hour, written by Romanian author Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu and adapted to film in 1967. Concerning the atrocities of World War II, the novel takes its title from a fictional book a character is writing within it, called The 25th Hour. Narrowly surviving World War II, this character believes the world will imminently descend into a World War III, with humanity reaching its metaphorical 25th hour by destroying itself.
In contemporary culture, 25th hour was also the name of a 2002 film by Spike Lee. Based on a 2001 novel of the same name by David Benioff (who wrote Lee’s screenplay), 25th hour follows a man who only has one day left until he will be sent to prison.
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) August 12, 2018
On a more playful note: on April Fool’s Day 2019, Timex “introduced” a watch that displayed 25 hours, compelling wearers to imagine what they could do if that had that proverbial extra hour in the day, that 25th hour.
Who uses 25th hour?
Outside of references to the various novels and film, 25th hour can convey a sense of destruction or annihilation …
This is Earth's 25th hour.
— Fox43 News & Sports (@Fox43Knox) February 28, 2019
It can also convey a sense of urgency or desperation, as of deal or decision made after a deadline.
Carmelo Anthony, VP of the NBPA says, "We were supposed to have a deal done weeks ago, and for this to happen at the 25th hour is tough."
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 10, 2016
In most contexts, 25th hour is used much like the eleventh hour, i.e., last-minute.
Still a part of me that wants Michelle Obama to throw her hat in the ring & run for president at the 25th hour like pic.twitter.com/nwdlI0UKvk
— Matthew A. Cherry 🏁 (@MatthewACherry) April 21, 2016
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks agree to 4-year, $140 million extension. Wilson set a deadline and the Seahawks met it in the 25th hour, setting records in the process.https://t.co/DEfFKI6nuR
— FanSided (@FanSided) April 16, 2019