2010-08-08 11:23 pm (UTC)
If someone else was to say it on a Sunday, I'd probably think they meant in 3 days time. On a Monday or Tuesday, I'd probably think they meant 9 or 8 days time.
It's definitely problematically ambiguous.
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Where's the box for "you are illiterate and cannot write poll"?
Hmm... grammar is for the weak.
10 days, but I'd emphasise the "next". And wave my arms a bit for clarity,
Absolutely... waved arms are so useful for disambiguation. I base my lecturing technique on this and I'm thinking of wholly cutting out both the slides and the speaking.
so did you arrive a week early or a week too late ? ;)
Heh... actually no real life misunderstanding occurred I just wanted to test someone's assertion that it's a north (and specifically north west) thing to mean "a week on wednesday" by "next Wednesday".
This Wednesday is the one coming up.. next Wednesday is next one afterwards.
That would be my usual working assumption. There's an allegation that this is a northernism.
Haven't you made this poll before? Am I getting deja-poll?
I don't think I have but someone might have.
I probably wouldn't say "next Wednesday" without disambiguating, or at least, not on purpose. But if I did say it I'd mean in 3 days, and that's what I'd take it to mean with no clarifying information. I'd be even less likely to say "Wednesday next" because it's even more ambiguous.
A Northen affectation would be " won't see you while Wednesday" which means in 3d.
But "won't see you while Wednesday" is unambiguous. As is "see you next Wednesday": it means Wednesday week :)
this wednesday is the next wednesday to occur. next wednesday is the one after that.
but i'd probably double check.
(i am not northern.)
Edited at 2010-08-09 06:41 am (UTC)
What even if it's like Thursday is next Wednesday really fifteen days away? I think you're right but it confuses people lots.
Next Wednesday is the next Wednesday to occur ie. in 3 days time. If I meant the week after I'd say Wednesday after next. I was born darn Sarf and grew up in t' North so there is a possibility I'm just hopelessly confused...
Being transplanted from an alien culture at an early age would be confusing.
Please tell me you're not using a Livejournal poll to back up your side of a weak argument with Caron :-P
As I mentioned earlier it's a purely theoretical question.
I would tend to say "... next wednesday, not this wednesday..." if I used it and there was the chance of any doubt...
Yes... I think I would do that too.
It is wrong and bad and anyone doing that should be punished!
I'd never say it without clarifying. I'd say something like "not this Wednesday, the next one".
Next means next dammit!!
Hold on... if you say "not this Wednesday, the next one" then next doesn't mean next damnit!
I would use next for next week's Wednesday. I would say this Wednesday for this Wednesday coming.