Is the meaning of 'week' changing? These days a number of texts are using 'week' as an alternative to 'weekdays'. e.g. I have a number of meetings lined up in the week, but will be spending my weekend playing golf.

I see a number of things wrong with the sentence. Am i the only one?


I see nothing wrong with the sentence. I hadn't thought about it before, but week has different meanings just as day has. During the week usually = on weekdays; during the day = during daytime, or even during the working day.

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  • And to address the question of whether the meaning is changing: from the OED, this usage existed ca 1000. "3. The six working days, as opposed to the Sunday; the period from Monday to Saturday inclusive. Cf. weekday n. Now also meaning five working days, from Monday to Friday inclusive, as opposed to the weekend." – Peter Shor Oct 24 '13 at 20:48
  • @Peter Yes, I've been accustomed to this usage for a fair wodge of that time. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 24 '13 at 21:27

In the context you provide - a business communication - "week" would refer to "work week": Mon through Fri.

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