Quincena(Spanish): A period of 15 days, usually attributed to wage payments.
“I’ll see you in a fortnight and a bit.”
That sure is a mouthful, isn’t there a better way to word that? I mean, who even uses fortnight anymore?
“I’m sure someone out there does. It’s convenient, right?”
A fortnight is fourteen days. Which is also two weeks. I’d wager most people don’t know what a fortnight is.
“But isn’t that something we’ve all encountered before? I mean, it’s Shakespearean, right? That’s like, mandatory reading.”
Mandatory if you went to school. If you say two weeks, and you don’t know what a week is, then I’d have trouble speaking to you. Isn’t that just the natural go-to? Why start with fortnight?
“But doesn’t saying fortnight just sound –”
Pretentious? Yeah, it does.
“Not pretentious, just, a bit better than ‘I’ll see you in two weeks’, doesn’t roll off the tongue.”
I’ll see you in a fortnight and a bit doesn’t either.
“Well, I don’t want to be factually inaccurate and say two weeks when in fact its fifteen days.”
“You should. You were late today because I said we were meeting again at noon. You didn’t know what noon actually meant and –”
Okay buddy, I get it. We’re meeting in a fortnight and a bit. Happy?