Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 19:30:44 -0500
From: Stewart Mason masons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU
Subject: Re: Thursday week
I did not suggest that either originated the phrase. I suggested that since
it had appeared twice in a British/Irish context in a short period of time
and that since every other written use of it I have ever seen has been of
U.K. origin (Douglas Adams' _So Long and Thanks for All the Fish_ comes to
mind, as do several of Colin MacInnes' novels), that perhaps it was chiefly
a Britishism. I supported it by saying that everyone *I* know (sadly, I
never met your grandmother) who uses that construction had consciously
picked it up from these sources.
You've got a good theory, but I very much doubt that my grandmother (who
died in 1982), or many of the other senior crowd that I know, who use/s
the "Monday week" construction ever heard of Elvis Costello or The
Undertones, much less listened to their music. The term has been around
in the south for a lot longer that the past 15 or so years. Much longer.
On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, Stewart Mason wrote:
The first cite I can think off the top of my head is that Elvis Costello and
the Attractions and The Undertones (bands from Liverpool/London and Derry,
Northern Ireland, respectively) both released songs called "Wednesday Week"
in 1980. This leads me to believe that it's primarily a U.K.
phrase--everyone I know in the U.S. who has used this phrase has nicked it
off one of these records.
Stewart Allensworth Mason
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