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Wednesdays [Aug. 9th, 2010|12:13 am]
Richard Clegg
Poll #1603392 See you next Wednesday

If you (the reader) speaking on a Sunday says "next Wednesday" you mean:

the next Wednesday to come up (in three days)
23(37.7%)
the Wednesday after that (in ten days)
26(42.6%)
would never use such an imprecise phrase
10(16.4%)
am unable to speak hence could not say it (thanks for being so crass as to remind me)
1(1.6%)
am illiterate and cannot read poll
1(1.6%)
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[User Picture]From: mjl
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.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 01:23 am (UTC)
It's definitely problematically ambiguous.
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[User Picture]From: valkyriekaren
2010-08-08 11:28 pm (UTC)
If you [...] says?

Where's the box for "you are illiterate and cannot write poll"?
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 01:24 am (UTC)
Hmm... grammar is for the weak.
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[User Picture]From: mister_vodka
2010-08-08 11:30 pm (UTC)
10 days, but I'd emphasise the "next". And wave my arms a bit for clarity,
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 01:25 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: bitbat
2010-08-08 11:39 pm (UTC)
so did you arrive a week early or a week too late ? ;)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 01:22 am (UTC)
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".
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[User Picture]From: mister_ed
2010-08-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
This Wednesday is the one coming up.. next Wednesday is next one afterwards.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 01:26 am (UTC)
That would be my usual working assumption. There's an allegation that this is a northernism.
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[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2010-08-09 03:58 am (UTC)
Haven't you made this poll before? Am I getting deja-poll?
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 09:22 am (UTC)
I don't think I have but someone might have.
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2010-08-09 06:18 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomstring
2010-08-09 07:37 am (UTC)

But "won't see you while Wednesday" is unambiguous. As is "see you next Wednesday": it means Wednesday week :)
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[User Picture]From: shewho
2010-08-09 06:40 am (UTC)
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)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 02:56 pm (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.
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2010-08-09 07:43 am (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 09:34 am (UTC)
Being transplanted from an alien culture at an early age would be confusing.
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[User Picture]From: kissmeforlonger
2010-08-09 08:32 am (UTC)
Please tell me you're not using a Livejournal poll to back up your side of a weak argument with Caron :-P
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 09:22 am (UTC)
As I mentioned earlier it's a purely theoretical question.
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[User Picture]From: sarah_orange
2010-08-09 08:32 am (UTC)
I would tend to say "... next wednesday, not this wednesday..." if I used it and there was the chance of any doubt...
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 09:33 am (UTC)
Yes... I think I would do that too.
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[User Picture]From: andyguest
2010-08-09 09:19 am (UTC)
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!!
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-08-09 09:33 am (UTC)
Hold on... if you say "not this Wednesday, the next one" then next doesn't mean next damnit!
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[User Picture]From: blondelass
2010-08-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
I would use next for next week's Wednesday. I would say this Wednesday for this Wednesday coming.
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