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Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!


She's probably right, because she always is

"She" is my lovely and brainy wife. According to Krys, if today she says "next weekend" (today being Wednesday, 24 August 2005), she means Labor Day weekend, 3-4 September 2005. I say, in this instance, if I say "this weekend" or "next weekend," I'm referring to the same thing: the weekend to come in a few days, 27-28 August. Only when we reach Friday or this weekend can I say "next weekend" and refer to Labor Day weekend. Anyway, she's probably right, because she's much smarter than I am, but what is the consensus among you folk? Set the record straight!


Blogger Logan said...

You're wrong, she's right. She isn't from the South is she? Cuz that's how we roll. Word.

24/8/05 8:53 PM  
Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

You may be wrong, and then again, maybe not. Check the link above.

25/8/05 6:03 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

My lady says the opposite and we always get on each other about it. She claims that next weekend always means the weekend five days away or more and this weekend is always the weekend four days away or less. I use the “next weekend” “this weekend” interchangeably when it’s not Friday and she always pretends that I’m confusing the crap out of her.

Now here is the paradox. If the woman is always right (which she is) which of our ladies are wrong?

25/8/05 6:03 AM  
Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said...

The only time I ever say "next weekend" is on Saturday or Sunday, referring to the next coming Saturday and Sunday.

The rest of the time, I say "this weekend" for the upcoming weekend, and then "2 weekends from now", etc. for the successive weekends.

But I'm from California, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. We're weird out here.

25/8/05 8:07 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Oh, wait. I paid attention this time and realized that both of our ladies were saying the same thing. Damn, so much for my mind-blowing paradox.

25/8/05 9:08 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

That's too bad, Jason. I was thinking we could lock them in a room and let the fur fly! (Catching it all on film, of course.)

According to Roger's link, it does not appear that there is a consensus. The debate will ruin friendships far into the future!

She's not from the south, Logan. It's probably how everyone rolls, though. I'm just dim.

25/8/05 9:33 AM  
Blogger jon said...

You know, I've always been confused on that, and I think it has caused scheduling problems. I would just state the dates of the weekends in question, but I rarely know what year it is, let alone the date.

25/8/05 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your wife uses the typical understanding of "next weekend" but it is grammatically incorrect from any logical standpoint.
So tell her that she is "common" but "obviously and provably wrong" and that "such usage belongs to the ignorant and rurals, who have not the privilege of a sensible education."

25/8/05 7:29 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Now, according to my wife, it's okay to insult her, but you shouldn't do it anonymously. For shame!

26/8/05 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Still Anonymous said...

"Shame? Shame? Better that she be shamed! For her misuse of the glorious mother tongue of the civilized nations!"
I cast scorn upon your reproach.

26/8/05 6:38 AM  
Blogger Krys said...

OK People...Roger already posted this link. out the results of this poll (not the bloggers perceived definition.

This link is better, though...
You have to page down a bit.

Really, it is common sense!

BTW the only thing 'common' about me, Anonymous, is my penchant for beer over wine (but it DOES have to be a microbrew--preferably a lovely amber!)

26/8/05 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, this was a serious arguement? Oh, that's pretty funny.
Sorry for making fun!

26/8/05 11:12 AM  
Blogger john sweet said...

Weekends shmeekends!!! In the timeless (literally) words of Janis Joplin, "It's all the same f***ing day, man."

Uncle Monster

28/8/05 7:43 AM  
Blogger Krys said...

I loooove to argue, Anonymous, so I do take it very seriously. I'm not easily offended, though, so no harm done. I've been known to fire back.

I do suggest, however, that you have the prescription of your monacle adjusted. You don't want to strain your eye and have it go plunking down into your brandy snifter! That's a real bummer.

30/8/05 10:06 AM  

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