06-05-2007, 10:21 AM
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Being English, I knew too well what fortnight means.
for those that were/are confused here is a little explanation.
Among Germanic tribal peoples it was once normal to record the passage of time by the number of nights rather than days. Sennight is an abbreviation of the fuller phrase seven nights and fortnight is thwe abbreviation of fourteen nights. Itâ€™s a quirk of the English language that fortnight has survived as standard British English (though not American) while sennight is now defunct. It did last into the twentieth century in some areas as a dialect term, though eventually driven out by competition with the shorter week.