Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?
I got a fortune cookie with the message you will have lots of fun next weekend on a Wednesday. Which weekend does this refer to? Is it the one in three days or the one after that?
This is a good question and an eternal ambiguity, at least in American English. We commonly use next weekend to refer to the weekend that is absolutely closest to us in the future only when we are close enough to the previous weekend that this weekend could refer to the weekend just past.
For example, if it's Monday or even Tuesday, this weekend could mean the weekend we just had. For example:
And next weekend then refers to the coming weekend:
If it's Thursday or later, this weekend more likely refers to the coming weekend.
But if you're on the cusp (Wednesday, give or take a day), you would probably have to make clear which weekend you really did mean.
Note that this coming weekend invariably refers to the weekend closest to the present date.
There is no consensus on whether "Next weekend" means the coming weekend, or the weekend following that. It varies from speaker to speaker, and also depends on what day it is when it's said -- the meaning is clear when spoken on a Saturday (it means the weekend following the current one), and becomes less clear through the week.
When it's important, you should clarify if you're the speaker, or ask for clarification if you're the listener.
The message on the fortune cookie is not true (except, perhaps, by coincidence), so it doesn't matter what it means :)
Looking at the "verb tense" of the sentence should be enough. The only thing I can say "this" may have a "limited scope" in time span where "last" and "next" come into usage. Consider: