So apparently, yesterday and yesteryear are words but yestermonth isn’t :thonking:

@melunaka @Sylvhem Oh fuck that. Yestermonth is a word now. It's a rad word. Yesterweek, too, while we're at it. You can tell it's actually a Real Word because I have a linguistics degree. 😜

@melunaka @Sylvhem OK. Linguistics Minute: Apparently "yester-" was originally Old English "geostran" (the g pronounced like modern y). It originally meant "the other day" so when OEers said "geostra dawg" they were saying "the other day day"???

@benhamill @melunaka @Sylvhem so… "geostran" or… in German, "Gestern"

what really … riles me up!! about English, a Germanic language, is that it doesn't have a simple word for "Vorgestern". Why would you write an entire sentence, "The day before yesterday", when you could just have a single word that can even have more "vor"s attached: "Vorvorgestern" — or in English: "The day before the day before yesterday"

@meena @benhamill @melunaka @Sylvhem

While vorgestern is cool (and I might start saying vorsteday in English just for funsies), we say two days ago, and this follow for three days ago, six days, 100, it doesn't matter. Adding vor- quickly gets a bit ridiculous.

@rdh @benhamill @melunaka @Sylvhem people usually stop at 2, since that's 3 days, and really, who can count more than 3 things in their head.

After that you could just as well be talking about "last week"


@meena @rdh @benhamill @melunaka @Sylvhem
It's the same in Dutch, yesterday is gisteren, the day before that eergisteren, and you can say (but few people do) eer-eergisteren.
It works in the other direction to: tomorrow is morgen, then the day after that is overmorgen, and then (again, rarely) over-overmorgen.

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