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Comic #2055

1 Alvissa: Why's the sun lower in the sky than in Footcrag? Is Cragfoot further north?
1 Villager: Ah, no. Closer to winter.
1 Alvissa: Huh?
2 Villager: The teleport gate connects the villages a fortnight apart. Going to Footcrag you go forward in time. Coming here you go back a fortnight.
3 Alvissa: Isn't that confusing?
3 Villager: Nay, it evens out.
4 Villager: 'twould only be a problem if you crossed the Orcrift Mountains on foot. And who'd be stupid enough to do that?

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Living in Australia, fortnight is a completely normal, everyday word, used frequently in everyday conversation, by pretty much everyone. Many things happen on a fortnightly basis, perhaps most importantly for many people: being paid.

So it's always strange when the topic comes up while conversing with Americans, for whom the word "fortnight" is either unknown, or considered unusual, quaint, and archaic, and the fitting basis of linguistic/measurement jokes which, because to us (and citizens of many other Commonwealth countries) "fortnight" is so very normal, fall completely flat.

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