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MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:35

Me and a friend agreed to go out for coffee this morning. Texting each other last night to confirm.

Friend - what time do you want to meet?
Me - Lets say 10?
Friend - Lets make it half past instead.
Me - Great. See you tomorrow.

I get a call at 10 asking where I was. When she said lets make it half past I assumed she meant 10:30, whereas she actually meant 9:30.

Am I the only one who would assume that she meant 10:30?

(this is light-hearted by the way and no one has fallen out or got upset etc)

PumpkinPositive Sun 13-Jan-13 18:36:18

10:30. Utter lunacy. Tell her to come on here ad explain herself!

Iteotwawki Sun 13-Jan-13 18:34:08


Next Thursday - means Thursday of next week, this Thursday is Thursday of this week.

This summer - we're in it now smile so both 2012 & 2013. Got to love living in the Southern Hemisphere smile however this winter is June-August 2013 and last winter was 2012.

Anniegetyourgun Sun 13-Jan-13 18:26:38

Wellllll... "this summer" would probably mean for me the summer of the year we were currently in, if it wasn't otherwise obvious from the context. Thus if someone had talked about "this summer" last month they would mean summer 2012, whereas if they said it this month it would refer to 2013. Probably. If they said "this summer we went to Lanzarote" in April I would be thoroughly confused.

Language is such a minefield.

This summer - surely it just depends on the tense? "this summer I went to Spain" - summer 2012 - "This summer I'm going to Spain" Summer 2013. Can't think of any examples where the tense wouldn't give it away?

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sun 13-Jan-13 17:25:21



VariousBartimaeus Sun 13-Jan-13 17:22:53


And to throw in another one, "this summer" --> does that mean last summer (so 2012) or the next one (so 2013)?!

For me it's 2013, 2012 is "last summer" but apparently it's not that for everyone I talk to...

(I realise it could vary depending on the time of the year)

NewYearNewNagoo Sun 13-Jan-13 17:18:03

1030. this thursday.

It's a whitewash grin

StuntGirl Sun 13-Jan-13 17:12:51


catgirl1976 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:09:41


Startail Sun 13-Jan-13 16:11:03

10.30 as that was the last text.

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 13-Jan-13 16:10:15

10.30 and this thursday

ethelb Sun 13-Jan-13 16:07:47


10.30 and this thursday, or just 'on thursday'

Frikadellen Sun 13-Jan-13 15:59:50

I would have checked but mostly because being Danish half in this case would to me mean 9 30 but to most of my friends mean 10 30 so I would have shot of another text saying 10.30? or ok see you at 10.30 unless I hear otherwise

easy to say yes but to me half is not an agreement grins..

BertieBotts Sun 13-Jan-13 15:58:03

10.30 here too. Perhaps she meant to type half past nine but her phone ate the nine or something?

maddening Sun 13-Jan-13 15:55:27


Alisvolatpropiis Sun 13-Jan-13 15:46:32


SpicyPear Sun 13-Jan-13 15:27:26

10.30 - she is wrong wrong wrong!

Anniegetyourgun Sun 13-Jan-13 15:25:11

10:30, and "this Thursday".

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sun 13-Jan-13 15:21:30

I'd have thought 10:30 smile

lottiegarbanzo Sun 13-Jan-13 15:15:25

Oh, there was a long and emphatic discussion in an office I worked in once about 'this Thursday' and 'next Thursday'. That's it, it is either this or next, the next one is this, the following one is next, next is not this!

The only room for ambiguity lies on Friday and Saturday when 'next Thursday' could be 'the Thursday of next week' rather than 'the next Thursday', in which case you might say 'Thursday week' for the following one.

PuppyMonkey Sun 13-Jan-13 13:28:45

10.30 and it should be "on Thursday"

PostmanPatsBlackandWhiteCat Sun 13-Jan-13 13:26:27


MeganScarlett Sun 13-Jan-13 13:26:20

But surely next Thursday would imply that there was another Thursday inbetween and seeing as it was either Monday or Tuesday then there was only one Thursday.

urbanproserpine Sun 13-Jan-13 13:23:52

I'm with her - but as they grew up together its funny that they were both so adamant what they meant.

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