other day, the
One day recently, a short time ago, as in I saw her in the museum the other day. This term originally meant either “the next day” or “the preceding day” (tomorrow or yesterday). In its current meaning it was first recorded in 1421.
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What does the other day mean?
The other day is a phrase that means the recent past or a day that occurred close to the present day, as in I was walking my dog the other day when I saw a bald eagle.
Often, the other day is used to refer to the recent past in general, especially when a person can’t remember exactly when something happened. Generally, the other day is used to refer to moments in time that began at least two days ago, because the word yesterday is used to refer to the day before the current one.
Because it is so general, the other day can often be substituted for similar phrases such as a few days ago or recently.
Example: There was a minor earthquake while I was at Becky’s house the other day.
Where does the other day come from?
The first records of the phrase the other day comes from around 1451. The word other is used in the sense of “different from something else,” and the word day is used in the sense of the 24-hour period the Earth takes (on average) to rotate around its axis. The other day refers to a day in the recent past.
The other day is not commonly used in formal speech and writing. Newspapers and other texts that use formal language are much more likely to name a specific day or give specific dates. Even if they don’t, alternatives such as some time ago or recently are much more likely to be used than the other day.
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How is the other day used in real life?
The other day is a very common phrase that people use to refer generally to the recent past.
I’ve always been very lucky in the trouser department, for example just the other day I found ten pounds in the pocket of an old pair of jeans.
— Gary Delaney is on tour now (@GaryDelaney) June 6, 2021
I was at my parents' kitchen stove the other day making food and my dog saw me and was legit shocked because in all the time I lived at home, she never once saw me use the stove. 🙃
— Stacey Grant (@Stacey_Grant91) June 7, 2021
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Which of the following is NOT a synonym of the other day?
B. not long ago
D. a few days ago
How to use other day, the in a sentence
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The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence|Henry James
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Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
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The proceedings of the day commenced with divine service, performed by Unitarian and Baptist ministers.