Overheard in Whitehall: the elusive Thursdays

Yesterday, I heard a guy in Whitehall start a sentence to the guy with him, “On what was a rare Thursday…”. I find them as rare, and indeed plentiful, as any other day, each occupying a little over 14 percent of my time. (If anything, Thursdays have the edge for me, as I was born on a Thursday.)

As an aside, there should be a word to describe an acquaintance of unknown closeness, as was needed above. Possibly there is and I just don’t know it.

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5 Responses to “Overheard in Whitehall: the elusive Thursdays”

  1. Nick Robinson on August 29th, 2007 23:51

    My Oxford Paperback dictionary has a second definition of ‘rare’ which suggests that the usage you overhead might actually be correct; it has:
    “rare: ajd. 1. not occurring or found very often; 2. unusually good”.
    So, the guy in Whitehall might not have been mistaken about how often Thursdays come around, but might actually have been reminiscing about a particularly good one.
    Maybe what we really need are a couple of words for pretentious twats in Whitehall?

  2. Jon on August 30th, 2007 00:08

    Isn’t acquaintance the word you are looking for?

  3. Dan on August 30th, 2007 00:57

    Twats indeed, Nick. Twats indeed. No, acquaintances is not right. That infers a relatively distant relationship. This is a relationship of unknown status, maybe lifelong friends, maybe people who’ve just met.

  4. Doug on September 5th, 2007 02:44

    I’m intrigued that even in today’s world of instant and accurate information about the English language there are still those who apparently struggle over the correct use of ‘infer’ and ‘imply’. Plucking an example at random,

    “That infers a relatively distant relationship”

  5. Dan on September 5th, 2007 08:01

    What are you inferring, Doug?

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