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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by televillian, Apr 10, 2021.
how long is that? I know how long a week is. it`s that "or so" part that`s confusing me
"Or so" you think!
up to another week
Piece of string moment.
It is 7 days (or so).
Very nebulous. Similar to the Spanish manana, Cornish 'directly' or African 'Just now'.
Around 2 weeks.
That's generally 7 to 10 days- give or take a day or so-
A "week give or take" .
When I hear that I automatically translate for myself as “I’ll get this back/ you’ll get it done in 2 weeks”
Six months, if they don't skip the country.
Or the Welsh "I'll be there now, in a minute..."
A guy I used to work with went to India for work to fit a radar for trials with the Indian Air Force. He got there, the plane wasn’t ready. When will to be ready for the radar fit? Oh tomorrow.
He had a very enjoyable two weeks’ relaxing while every day the plane was going to be ready “tomorrow”.
That’s what a week or so is...
Why not ask for clarification instead of accepting “a week or so” as a legitimate answer.
I met someone who was part of the "welcome wagon" for new residents of a small town in Saskatchewan. Folks would be invited over for tea at her house, say at 2 pm. Japanese visitors? Synchronise your watch! At exactly 2 pm, when the second hand swept over 12 o'clock, the door bell rung. Jamaican visitors? They'd come by a day or two later! Island time.
So you gotta take into account who's saying "a week or so".
Now that’s very true. Different cultures have very different attitudes to time.
They say if there is a work meeting set for 10am and you turn up at 10am then if you’re in Japan you’ll find everyone else leaving the meeting having already made a decision. (In other parts of the world you’ll find yourself sitting all alone waiting for the others to amble in sometime — or roaming round the office reminding everyone about the meeting which was meant to start 15 minutes ago...)