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    Midway through the week

    Hi,
    I just saw "midway through the week" from CNN student news. What day does it suggest? I guess it's about Tuesday or Wednesday. Am I right? If not, what does it refer to?
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    Re: Midway through the week

    I would understand it to mean Wednesday.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    Yes, "middle of the week" is around Wednesday. The writer does not want to be exact.
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    Re: Midway through the week

    "...the week" generally means the standard five day office workweek, Monday through Friday.

    We actually call Wednesday 'Hump Day', because it marks the halfway point towards reaching Friday night and the end of the week. Even for those who work Saturdays (even Sundays), this is usually the day considered "the middle".

    Occasionally, the intended meaning might be more vague. Context will indicate the intent.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    'Hump Day'
    I've not come across that expression in BrE.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    If it occurred during the day on Wednesday, you'd probably say Wednesday. But things often don't occur neatly like that. They can take place over more than 24 hours, or they can occur late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning, for example.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    I use 'Hump Day.'

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    Re: Midway through the week

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I've not come across that expression in BrE.
    Common in Australia (and I think) New Zealand. I can't recall for sure if I've ever heard it used in the States, but I don't think so.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Common in Australia (and I think) New Zealand. I can't recall for sure if I've ever heard it used in the States, but I don't think so.
    I've never heard of it. I doubt whether it's common in Australia unless it is a local saying. English usage throughout Australia is quite uniform compared to say US or UK, because we are a relatively small population with a lot of national TV and radio shows. Generally, if something is common (at least in the larger cities), it will be known everywhere.

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    Re: Midway through the week

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I've never heard of it. I doubt whether it's common in Australia unless it is a local saying.
    I lived in Australia for 34 years. I think I've got some credibility on this one.

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