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Old 05-07-2007, 09:50 AM   #11
 
Yes! It's used more often than "2 weeks". I knew some people did not know what it meant, but I never knew so many (people) didn't know.... if you know what I mean. Lol!
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:59 PM   #12
 
I know what it means, I live in Virginia. It's not a word I have really heard in the US. I have heard in movies and plays (Shakespeare and such). I do hear it from some of our store's customers that don't live in the US and are just passing through on vacation. Of course most people I have heard say "fortnight" also say that they are on "holiday" instead of vacation.
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:12 AM   #13
 
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I knew exactly what it meant... and I live in the SE U.S.

Not a word I think I've ever ever ever heard in common conversation, but I have heard it before and recalled the meaning.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:55 AM   #14
 
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I may or may NOT be an avid reader of historicals... /swoon /sigh

Yikes this one I'm reading at the moment... set in 1263... it's just a heartbreaker. Sometimes I wonder how anyone in Ireland and Scotland survived those ages.

I also may or may not have several outfits with which I usually did (or did not) wear to the Renaissance Festival...
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:56 AM   #15
 
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I pretty much know what it is, but I can remember if its a week...I get so confused! Darn Shakespeare.
That would be sennight.

Raised in Metro Detroit, now living on the Gulf Coast.

But I'd rather have been born in Britain like my brother in law...
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:21 AM   #16
 
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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. It’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.
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:55 AM   #17
 
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I do know what it means although I live in Latvia... But, yes I know it from books. I would imagine all English speaking people knew it :o . I heard it being used in the US as well. To my mind it's a beautiful mysterious word which comes from poetic times...
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:59 PM   #18
 
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Of course most people I have heard say "fortnight" also say that they are on "holiday" instead of vacation.
LOL - I would never say I was on "vacation" - LOL I wouldn't be able to say it without laughing at how silly I would sound!

Strange how we both speak the same language and yet some things are so totally different!
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:25 PM   #19
 
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"On holiday" sounds pretty ridiculous to me, haha.

Oh well. Quirks of culture and language.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:12 PM   #20
 
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Thank you The-Wolf for the brilliant explanation!

But come on, both 'on holiday' and 'on vacation' sound very nice! :D The meaning is wonderful, no matter how you put it!
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