Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 16:38:10 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" 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? Thanks, Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at