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suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 2nd Aug '06 1:21 AM

BRITISH "INST."

I am currently reading Sherlock Holmes short stories to my son, and we have several times run across a date given like this:

"Lost, on the 9th inst., ..."

What does the "inst." stand for? I am guessing it means something like 'on the 9th of this current month' or some such time designation. But I know one of you will know for sure

baggiob
Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Wed, 2nd Aug '06 1:39 AM

It is short for instant, and basically means of the month.
In victorian times they said some pretty weird things.lol

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 2nd Aug '06 6:32 AM

One hastens to answer the letter which you did us the honour of writing.
Your favour of the second inst. is presently at hand.
In reply permit me to state, viz. not ult. or prox. etc., but most distinctly inst. e.g. of the present and current calendar month and not of the preceding or approaching month as negated above.

One has the honour to be your obedient servant,


suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 2nd Aug '06 11:36 PM

Eveh so grateful for your kind responses.

Toodle pip!

mrsgc
Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Wed, 2nd Aug '06 11:54 PM

ROFL @ Surreyman :D

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 5:34 AM

Very "Victorian" of you Alan! *Giggling*

I seem to recollect being taught in "ever-so-proper" business college that "Ultimo" meant last month, "Instant" meant this month, and "Proximo" meant next month.
Please don't ask WHY ....???!!

~Bev

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 7:41 AM

From that basic Latin that we all use daily, of course.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 8:24 AM

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 3:29 AM

Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 6:10 AM

A very profound observation, Alan.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 5:54 AM

Oh, chuck it!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 12:06 PM

hahahahahahahaha


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