"Every other Friday"...do you understand what I mean?

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:35 PM GMT
    Hi, I was wondering if the quoted statement is clear to you? I was asked by an English guy apparently. Our conversation went like this:
    Him: How frequent are these boat parties?
    Me: They hold it every other Friday.
    Then he spoke to his mate saying, "I don't really understand what that means," reiterating "every other Friday". So I thought I go ask you guys if such statement is correct.
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:37 PM GMT
    Makes sense to me.
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    Apr 19, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    Oh fuck, hahahahah The guy was actually a real jock. Straight. I don't wanna be that! hahahahahah!!!
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    I don't get it. Every other Friday? Does that mean every OTHER Friday or just every other Friday. Please explainicon_wink.gif
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:12 PM GMT
    Uh-oh. We got a tie now.
    Okay, refer to the April 2008 calendar. Yesterday was Friday the 18th. The previous boat party was Friday the 4th. The next one will be on May 2nd. Now, doesn't that make it "every other Friday"?
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    So then the next Friday boat party will be on Wednesday. Got it. Thanks
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:38 PM GMT
    fitguymike saidSo then the next Friday boat party will be on Wednesday. Got it. Thanks

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    Apr 19, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    Fitguymike's right. It's all in the delivery.
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    Does that mean that Kylie is going to be on Wednesday's Friday boat party?--or just her wig? If it's just her wig, are you going to wear it? Are you going to sing?
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    fitguymike saidDoes that mean that Kylie is going to be on Wednesday's Friday boat party?--or just her wig? If it's just her wig, are you going to wear it? Are you going to sing?
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    In Britian and most former colonies they commonly refer to a two week period as a "Fortnight". It's almost as pervasive as the word "month" in our day to day usage of the English language. Perhaps this is the source of the confusion.
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    mtnmonkey saidIn Britian and most former colonies they commonly refer to a two week period as a "Fortnight". It's almost as pervasive as the word "month" in our day to day usage as the English language. Perhaps this is the source of the confusion.


    I think the guy was just dense. As illustrated by my posts.
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    Apr 19, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    In the UK we would say "fortnightly". That was why he was confused.
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    Apr 19, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    I've never heard of "fortnight" or "fortnightly" as a spoken word by any of my Brit mates.
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    Apr 19, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    Im in the UK and i understand both fortnight and every other friday. Fortnight means after 14 days. Every other friday is like saying on alternate fridays, one-by-one
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    Apr 19, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    Yes, fortnightly!

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    Apr 20, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    Oh yeah, that was dumb... icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 20, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    Fortnightly sounds like an RJ handle! lol
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    Apr 20, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    Fortnight and fortnightly are never used in American English.

    You used every other Friday perfectly for American English....evidently you just ran up against a Brit.
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    Apr 20, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    Actually, the only logical meaning for "every other Friday" is every Friday except for the one in question. Using it to mean "every second Friday," or "every alternate Friday" is literally incorrect and makes no sense at all.

    We decided to do this on purpose, as revenge for Brits telling us that the meeting is "on the first floor" or that the train leaves "from the next platform," when they meant something completely different.
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    Apr 20, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidActually, the only logical meaning for "every other Friday" is every Friday except for the one in question. Using it to mean "every second Friday," or "every alternate Friday" is literally incorrect and makes no sense at all.


    I think the confusion comes from not recognizing other meaning for "other" than just "the remaining from one or more."

    "Other" also means "second" or "alternate." So every second Friday or every alternate Friday works fine.
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    Apr 20, 2008 9:57 AM GMT
    That's a term "...every other" used in American English meaning "..not this coming but the next... and visa versa"

    ...and now what the hell is visa versa?
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    Apr 20, 2008 10:00 AM GMT
    GQjock saidThat's a term "...every other" used in American English meaning "..not this coming but the next... and visa versa"
    ...and now what the hell is visa versa?

    Isn't it vice-versaicon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 20, 2008 11:17 AM GMT
    I don' like : You cant have your cake and eat it too.

    Answer to that statement : I can have my cake, and fuck you up after Im done eating it.