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    Quote Originally Posted by Snookerman View Post
    Actually, before means in front of. The past came first, so it was in front of the present or before the present. The problem is that when people image time, they see the future in front of them, or before them, and the past behind them, which is of course natural. So in all cases, before means if front of.
    Well, that might be semantic history of how those two seemingly contradictory meanings came to arise but I think my point is still valid. I didn't say that the meaning was irrational, just contradictory.

    Maybe "before" isn't the best example. It's the first one that came to mind.

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    woah woah woah my brain, just ya, blew up!

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