Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 23:03:47 -0500 From: "Aaron E. Drews" 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 __________________________________________________________________________ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.