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#113934 - 10/23/03 01:20 AM Re: and the other shoe  
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Actually today is Thurs. 23rd, but if it were stil Weds., this Friday would mean 24th. See my post above for this coming Friday, and Friday next.

Current location: Indonesia
English variety spoken: SE England.

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#113935 - 10/23/03 02:33 AM Re: and the other shoe  
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Ok, this is the best I can do - from an Australian with an English father, and a penchant for British comedy.

On Wednesday 22nd...
...this (coming) Friday is the 24th
...next Friday is the 31st
...last Friday was the 17th
...Friday last would also be the 17th

On Sunday 26th...
...this (coming) Friday is the 31st
...next Friday would be confusing, but I think most people would assume the 7th and plead the 5th
...(last) Friday was the 24th
...Friday last (eg I saw you on Friday; I mean Friday last) would be the 17th.

I think.


#113936 - 10/23/03 02:49 PM Re: and the other shoe  
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You're right. It does get confusing on the Sunday because it is the week-end but the beginning of the week at same time. When you say "next week" on a Sunday I find you always have to add a date because people find it a tad ambiguous.


#113937 - 10/24/03 02:51 PM Re: and the other shoe  
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On Wednesday 22nd...
...this (coming) Friday is the 24th
...next Friday is the 31st
...last Friday was the 17th
...Friday last would also be the 17th


The confusion arises from the failure of anyone to mention that "... last" or "... next" is Northern English shorthand for "... last week", "... next week."


So, in the examples above, "this Friday" and "next Friday would be the same date, (24th) but Friday next would, indeed, be the 31st.
"last Friday" and Friday last" would be the same, in that example (the 17th)

In Faldage's example (many posts back), if today is Saturday, then the day before would not be "Friday last" - that would be refering to a week previously (using the doc's example, it would be the 10th) - but, in any case (as someone pointed out - dody, I think) the day before would always be refered to as "yesterday", without fail unless someone was trying to be purposfully stupid.

Has that troubled the oily waters sufficiently?


#113938 - 10/24/03 02:57 PM Re: and the other shoe  
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... Sunday ... is the week-end but the beginning of the week at same time. When you say "next week" on a Sunday I find you always have to add a date because people find it a tad ambiguous.

For my protestant-work-ethic oriented up-dragging, it isn't ambiguous at all - just wrong
To me, of course, Monday - the first working day - is the beginning of the week; Sunday, the end, where you give thanks for your successes and ask forgiveness for your failures.

EDIT: anf today is Friday, and Friday is POETS* day - it's five of the clock and I'm off home!
















*POETS = Piss off early - tomorrow's Saturday

#113939 - 10/24/03 05:16 PM Re: POETS' DAY  
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HA, me too Rhu. It's 2:14 p.m. and I bummed off work this afternoon after a meeting was cancelled at last minute (I was on my way there.)

When I left the office this morning I told them I was out for the day and that I'd be back on Monday anyway.

Yeehaw !


#113940 - 10/25/03 04:10 AM Re: POETS' DAY  
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I did, too. I had to make a mad dash to the DMV so's I would have a valid driver's licence and plates for the weekend. Whoever thought of tying those expenses to one's birthday ought to be shot.


#113941 - 10/27/03 11:19 PM Re: and the other shoe  
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And then for the impatient there's "When I wake up in the morning, the day after tomorrow will be Thursday." (posted Monday). I remember this one from childhood as way to make the school week seem shorter.


#113942 - 10/28/03 09:40 AM Re: and the other shoe  
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I often found that in my life, a good majority of the people were idiots. No matter what I said, they would find a way of confusing it, and so the conversation would drag on much longer than I wanted to with the specific idiot I was talking with at the time.

After dying, and when I finally cared to keep track of the days again, I just simply started using numerical dates when I referred to specific days unless it was in the week we currently were. Sometimes even then.

If others were talking about a specific day, and didn't use numbers, I would always say back to them what they had just said, for confirmation, including the numerical date.



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