Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 16:38:10 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: Thursday week - this/next Thursday
Thank you for your responses to my query about the origin of "Thursday
[or any other day of the week] week." Most responses have described
regional distribution. I still don't know much about origin. I have heard
the phrase all my life (se TX).
A semantically related set of structures is "this Thursday" vs.
"next Thursday." I have missed more than one social event because of a
misunderstanding about which Thursday was intended by the phrase "next
Thursday." It seems to me that some speakers always contast "this" and
"next," using the phrase "this Thursday" for the next one on the
calendar and the phrase "next Thursday" for the second one coming up on
the calendar, while the rest of us generally don't use the "this"
construction, hence do not read the contrast in the phrase
"next Thursday." "Next Thursday" is the next one coming up, to me.
Is this contrast something I should have learned in se TX?
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