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Explaining a future date can be downright confusing

People often use the phrase “next weekend” to describe the future weekend, but this can lead to confusion. While some interpret “next weekend” to mean this coming weekend, others interpret it as the weekend after, hence the use of the awkward, overly wordy, “not this weekend but the weekend after.” Oxt weekend is a new phrase you can use instead of saying “not this weekend but the weekend after.”

When do I say “next weekend?”

Never. Because that phrase can be interpreted with two completely different meanings, it is useless. Use “this weekend” or “oxt weekend.”

What about “oxt week” or “oxt tuesday?”

Oxt works for that too. Let's say it's Sunday and you want to make plans for the upcoming week. That week is “this week” but the week after is “oxt week.”

Can this word really take off?

Yes. New words are added to the dictionary all the time. You can read about it here but the gist of it is, if a word is used often enough it will eventually be added as an official word. All you need to do is remember the word and tell your friends.

I love it, what can I do?

Simply pass this link around to your friends via your favorite electronic communication.

If enough people are aware of it, it will become part of the common lexicon. If you're on twitter, tag your tweet with #oxtweekend. You can also display the badge on your blog or website by copying and pasting the code below.

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I hate it, what can I do?

We're sorry to hear you aren't jazzed about our new word. Are you thinking...

  1. “What's wrong with ‘next weekend’?”

    The word ‘next’ can be interpreted as the next weekend we encounter on the calendar OR the next weekend after this upcoming weekend. It often changes based on how close you are to the weekend (‘next’ may mean this coming weekend if spoken on a Monday or the weekend after this coming weekend on a Friday), and herein lies the problem. Some people always use ‘next’ one way, others a different way. If you've ever heard the phrase, “not this weekend but the weekend after”, you've had this problem. Our solution is to create a brand new word with a well-defined meaning. That word is ‘oxt’.

  2. “Who cares?”

    Sure, it's sort of a small thing. But how many times have we all used the phrase “not this weekend but the weekend after”? A thousand times in our lifetime? You add up all the extra time it takes to say that phrase, multiplied by all the people who speak english on the planet, and ‘oxt’ starts to make some sense as a time saver.

  3. “You can't screw with the english language.”

    Actually you can. The english language is constantly evolving and changing all the time. New words are added and old ones fall out of common usage. Don’t you think ‘oxt’ deserves to be in the dictionary just as much as ‘staycation’? Besides, we're not just screwing with it, we're trying to improve it!

  4. “I hate new things.”

    We hear you. Change can be tough sometimes, but it happens. Best to just put on a smile and look at the positive.

  5. “I just have a lot of anger.”

    Oh, sorry to hear that. Sometimes anger is caused by not fully understanding something and sometimes it's caused by the fact that life just isn't fair. Does that help at all?