Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Topic Options
#2505 - 05/17/00 01:28 PM my weekly question
tsuwm Online   confused
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10528
Loc: this too shall pass
We often hear the word 'fortnight' on British TV imports.
Does 'sennight' have any currency there? (it's marked archaic in MWC)


#2506 - 05/17/00 02:42 PM Re: my weekly question
David108 Offline

Registered: 05/09/00
Posts: 112
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
"Fortnight" is in regular usage in New Zealand, probably because of the country's historical (and therefore linguistic) connection with England.

But that denies the US historical (and therefore linguistic) connection with England.

Am I opening another can of worms?

#2507 - 05/17/00 06:15 PM Re: my weekly question
Philip Davis Offline

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 81
Fortnight is certainly in common usage in my experience in England but sennight I've never heard used in my 40 years living in the South East, the Midlands and West Yorkshire. It may be used in a region I'm not familiar with (regional variations can be quite large and Scots is a seperate English dialect).

#2508 - 05/18/00 05:49 PM Re: my weekly question
jackiemw Offline

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 18
Fowler says -
sennight. So written; but the word is now almost out
of use. It might have been, but will now hardly be,
utilized as a substitute for "week" in the formula "on
Monday &c. week" when the reckoning was to be
backwards: We start tomorrow week, BUT It happened
yesterday sennight.

#2509 - 05/20/00 07:36 AM Re: my weekly question
paulb Offline

Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Brewer says, inter alia, that se’nnight and fort’night are relics of the ancient Celtic custom of beginning the day at sunset … also ‘The evening and the morning were the first day’ (Genesis).


Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8820 Members
16 Forums
13830 Topics
217543 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
droonkid, NJK, zeze, T_V, Gya
8820 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 51 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 64
LukeJavan8 62
Cowboy_Monkey 41
endymion6 38
A C Bowden 25
Tromboniator 4
hogmaster 2
T_V 1
eptekar 1
tsuwm 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11613
tsuwm 10528
LukeJavan8 7216
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
Wordwind 6296
wofahulicodoc 5583
of troy 5400

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith