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    Default Friday week

    Is there such an expression - "Friday week"?
    If so, what does it mean?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    It means the Friday in the week after the current one.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    Thanks, Tdol.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It means the Friday in the week after the current one.
    ... unless today's Friday, in which case you say either 'next Friday week' [= in 14 days] or 'next Friday' [= in 7 days].

    Of course, in the latter case, you might say 'Friday w... Good heavens, is it Friday already?'

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-May-2007 at 15:38.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    Thanks, BobK.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    It is a horrible americanism meaning 'next Friday'. Why the **** can't people just say 'next friday'????? what do they gain from saying 'Friday week? Two words, two of which sound awful, two of which sound correct!

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    Default Re: Friday week

    Well, pedant, one might also ask why the asterisk you can't express yourself without profanity. As an American, I've never used that phrase, but the two people who provided answers are in the UK.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    People in the UK regularly read and understand Americanisms and but don't necessarily have to like or use them. It seems that many Americans don't read English though, or if they do, they refuse to use it properly, despite claiming to speak it... Never mind...Spanish will become their National Language soon anyway...that should be fun!

    Native English speakers might consider it a shame that many Americans choose to invent their own terms which sound really awful in natural English, but which are already well catered for in the native language. What's the point? Why not use the language as it exists, instead of inventing other stuff that sounds awful?

    Ps... profanity is in the eye of the beholder. The use of **** could equally well have been *&$)" or *&~#. Are you saying that Goscinny and Uderzo were being profane in all their wonderful literature too? I think not.

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    Default Re: Friday week

    I'm not sure it's accurate to describe it as an American form; it occurs in older English writers, e.g.

    1. “Well, it will not go on much longer,” said Lucy, laughing, “for the bazaar is to take place on Monday week.” (George Eliot, Mill on the Floss)

    2. He gave Mrs Mac-Candlish directions to have a handsome entertainment in readiness for a party of five friends, whom he intended to invite to dine with him at the ‘Gordon Arms’ next Saturday week. (Scott, Guy Mannering)

    (Of course, if it were an American form, that wouldn't necessarily matter: many people learn AmE in preference to BrE.)

    MrP

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