How Soon is Next?

Monday morning 4th July, you’ve just bumped into an old friend, and the conversation is coming to an end:

“Great to see you, we should meet up again soon. How about going fishing next Saturday?”

“Sounds good, but wait, I don’t think I’m free on the 16th.”

“Yeah, but that’s ok, it’s not next week, it’s next Saturday.”

“But next Saturday is next week. You mean this Saturday.”

“Exactly, next Saturday, this Saturday coming.”

“But hang on, how can it be next Saturday and…”

“Just forget it, now I remember why I haven’t seen you in years!!”

This post is inspired by an argument I came across elsewhere on the internet, about when exactly next Saturday is: this week or next week?

For me it’s always been straightforward: Continue reading