|date_relative filter, when applied to any
#DATE... type tag, will display information associated with the tag depending on the context date.
Example: the current date and time is Friday 25th September 2009 14:20. An article was recently published on Wednesday 23rd September 2009 at 10:20.
in this circumstance will return:
2 days and 4 hours ago.
On the other hand, if your site is configured to display articles regardless of nominated publication date, then an article "published" on Sunday 27th September 2009 at 18:20 will display:
In 2 days and 4 hours.