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If we take the word 'day' as meaning 'the length of time it takes a planet to revolve around its axis' and 'year' as 'length of time it takes for a planet to orbit its star' then how come, whenever anyone meets a new species they can discuss days and hours and it appears to mean the same thing for both of them?

Does anyone know?

-- 217.44.61.106 18:27, February 2, 2011 (UTC)

It's generally assumed that such things are part of the technology magic of the universal translator. –Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 08:23, February 3, 2011 (UTC)
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