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steelbrassnwood
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"Next Saturday"
Because careless language nearly led to a serious scheduling snafu, I'm curious to see how people understand the phrase "next Saturday." Let's say it's Wednesday, February 9th, and I tell you that we are going to do something "Next Saturday." What date do you understand me to mean?

Poll #435278 Next Saturday

On Wednesday, February 9th, what day is meant by "Next Saturday"?

Saturday, the 12th
0(0.0%)
Saturday, the 19th
4(66.7%)
That's too ambigous: I'd ask for clarification
2(33.3%)
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rubytramp From: rubytramp Date: February 10th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
To me 'next' means the 19th, 'this' means the 12th. But you're right - asking is the best way to go.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

"next Saturday"

My immediate response would be Sat, 2/19, but then experience has taught me I'd better ask to be sure. However, the Random House unabridged defines "next" to be (1) immediately following in time, order, or importance. (2) nearest in place or position (3) on the first occasion to follow. All of which indicates to me that Sat 2/12 is "next Saturday" from Wed, 2/9.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: February 12th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
What matters is common usage, and people are sloppy about it.
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