I am writing an email and wanted to refer to this coming Tuesday. The phrase "Tuesday est" popped into my mind (something Miss Marple might have said) but when I googled it I could find no reference. I have a feeling that 'est' isn't correct, but there is a word or I presume an abreviation that sounds like it that means next. Could you please tell me what it is?

Aha! I have just had a brain wave, it isn't 'est', it's 'inst'. Is that right? What does it stand for?

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    "Tuesday next" would mean the coming Tuesday. – JLG Apr 8 '12 at 4:08
  • or Tuesday week – mgb Apr 8 '12 at 4:32
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    @mgb: "Tuesday week" means the day exactly a week after the coming Tuesday. – Andrew Leach Apr 8 '12 at 13:10

Inst is an abbreviation of the Latin 'instante mense', meaning the current month. Prox ('proxime mense') means next month and ult ('ultimo mense') means last month. These terms were once used in correspondence, but are used now, if at all, only by the terminally abstruse.

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    And even then, it could not have been 'Tuesday inst', only '25th inst'. – TimLymington Apr 8 '12 at 11:32
  • @TimLymington: Yes, quite right. – Barrie England Apr 8 '12 at 12:02

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