English is the JavaScript of spoken languages.

Just think about it:

- it's extremely wide-spread for historical reasons;

- it is a somewhat random mash-up of at least three other languages;

- as much as all languages have their idiosyncrasies , it tends to have the more confusing ones.


Oh, got one more: working with dates is surprisingly awkward and confusing.

JS: developer.mozilla.org/en-US/do

English: what does "Next Friday" mean if today is Wednesday?

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would use “coming Friday” to avoid people become more confused..

@rysiek @ulva69 Same in German: "This Friday" (diesen Freitag) would be the Friday later in the current week, while "next Friday" (nächster Freitag) will likely be the one in the following week. Though details are possibly dependant on where you are, and the local dialect.
"This coming Friday" (kommender Freitag) and "Friday next week" (Freitag nächste Woche) would be the safer variants.

This Friday = Friday this week
Next Friday = Friday next week

But don't ask an Englishman anything about the English language. The non native speakers are far far better at it. 🙂

@rysiek It's ambiguous in other languages too. The interpretation depends on context.

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