Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 23:03:47 -0500


Subject: Re: Thursday week

Like Natalie, I grew up hearing people (with Southern linguistic

background) say "a week Thursday," "Thursdays a week ago," "Wednesday two

weeks ago," etc. I decided not to use these expressions, because they were

obviously old-fashoned, considering the people who used them, but why

knows? -- I might slip and say one some day.

But wait -- It was "Thursday week" that I've always thought was "normal"

US English. I don't think I've ever heard "a week Thursday" except in

a sense like "How long has SOnSo been gone?" "It will be a week Thursday."

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

To me, "a week Thursday" sounds like it will be next week. Then

again, I spent the past year in Scotland, where all folk talk funny anyway


I have noticed quite a few similarities between Scottish varieties

of English and Sounthern English, including VBE (or is that AAVE?). Does

anybody have any sources on this? I'm guessing it was all of the Scots

that migrated a couple of centuries ago that explains this.

Aaron Drews


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