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    fortnight

    Is the word "fortnight" still used in Britain?

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    Re: fortnight

    Indeed - what makes you think it is not?


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    Re: fortnight

    Just checking...

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    Re: fortnight

    Yes it's used. I believe it's mainly (if not entirely) British English. 'Fortnight' is a contraction of 'fourteen nights', and there used to be another word for week, 'sennight' (from 'seven nights'). This really isn't used any more (though I think you may come across it in authors of the era of Jane Austen and before).

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    Re: fortnight

    There is also the convenient adverb/adjective "fortnightly", e.g. "fortnightly refuse collections" (= the emptying of your dustbin by the local council every two weeks).

    My impression is that "fortnight" is not quite as common as it was 30–40 years ago.

    MrP

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