I'm confused, What is the lexical relationship between "Monday" and "Tuesday"?

I mean is the relationship hyponymy, prototypes, polysemy, homophones, metonymy etc?

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    Tuesday comes after Monday, so the lexical relation is temporal. They're one of a set of special proper names, and they don't have normal morphology or syntax, if that's what you mean. Otherwise, I can't see what you're asking about. – John Lawler Apr 20 '14 at 14:44
  • I don't think the "lexical relation is temporal" between Monday and Tuesday. Certainly |Monday| (the day) comes before |Tuesday| (the day.) However, the signifier "Monday" is arbitrary symbolism and its relationship to "Tuesday" the signifier is also arbitrary. A temporal relationship would be when Tuesday comes before Threesday as it does in Chinese. – Aaron K Apr 20 '14 at 15:16
  • @AaronK by that definition, there can be no such thing as hyponymy, metonymy, synonymy, or indeed any kind of relationship between any two words at all, because all words are arbitrary signifiers. And you completely lost me in that last sentence. I can only parse it such that Tuesday comes from two and that numbers are related temporally, but you can't seriously be suggesting either, so I'm at a loss. – RegDwigнt Apr 20 '14 at 16:07
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    They all have the same root [morpheme] (day). – Edwin Ashworth Apr 20 '14 at 16:13
  • And @Katherine: the first question is a fair one to ask, but the second one is just weird and nonsensical. It is essentially, "is the relationship car, fingers, astronomy, or yellow?" It's a perplexing mix of terms for which it takes but a lookup of their meaning to immediately see that none of them can possibly apply. – RegDwigнt Apr 20 '14 at 16:27

I think that the origin of the names of the week exemplifies their nature:

Although our days of the week are not named directly after the Roman gods, they are named after the equivalent Anglo-Saxon/Germanic pantheon of gods and display Roman influences. In fact, English is one of the few Germanic languages to reference the original classical Latin names for days of the week.


You can find interesting information in the link above. Anyway it looks like there us no "lexical" relationship among them but pure symbolism.

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