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    Cool A tenday ago

    May "tenday" mean just what it seems: ten days ago?

    Have you seen anywhere this way of saying?

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    Re: A tenday ago

    No, it must be from the time of Hadrian's wall. We still use fortnight, and week, but tenday? I haven't heard that word in 25 years, and then, my memory may be failing me.

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    Cool Re: A tenday ago

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    No, it must be from the time of Hadrian's wall. We still use fortnight, and week, but tenday? I haven't heard that word in 25 years, and then, my memory may be failing me.
    OK. But can it mean "ten days ago". I found it in, of course, a very particular and punishing text: This chest was full of coins a tenday ago!

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    #4

    Re: A tenday ago

    Yes, I would say that it means "ten days ago".


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    Re: A tenday ago

    What IS this book that you are reading, Bushwhacker??

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    Re: A tenday ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What IS this book that you are reading, Bushwhacker??
    Sounds like a pretty old one. I haven't heard this word, but bhaisahab has. It presumably dates from the time when people could call a week 'a se'nnight' (half as long as a fortnight) - not in my lifetime. or indeed in the 20th century). I'm not suggesting that B is that old (), but that the usage must be either dialectal or part of a national standard that I don't know about.

    (Another possibility is not that the book is old, but that it creates a parallel language - as Philip Putnam does in the Dark Materials trilogy. Tolkein, maybe?)

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    Re: A tenday ago

    I don't think it's Tolkien -- he's such a good writer, and Bushwhacker's reading something by an author that sounds like a drunken Scotsman.

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    Re: A tenday ago

    ... but Tolkein might have been using a not-entirely-English language for this bit of speech.

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    Re: A tenday ago

    Could be, could be.

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    Cool Re: A tenday ago

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I don't think it's Tolkien -- he's such a good writer, and Bushwhacker's reading something by an author that sounds like a drunken Scotsman.
    It's really a hard text, at least for me. It's a book based on a role-playing game: Forgotten Realms. Hence the old-style and all what's bizarre, I suppose.
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