by Liz Walter
Back in March, I wrote a post about phrases containing the word ‘time’: https://dictionaryblog.cambridge.org/2018/03/07/having-the-time-of-your-life-phrases-with-time/. Today, I’m going to look at another set of phrases connected with time, all of which contain the word ‘day’.
I’ll start with phrases connected with talking about the past. For something that happened within approximately the last week, it is common to say the other day: I had coffee with Bea the other day. To talk about a period further back in history, we often say in those days: In those days we only had black and white TV. When we are talking about something we enjoyed in the past, we sometimes say Those were the days!: We children were allowed to run free in the countryside. Ah, those were the days!
To talk about the present, we often use the phrase these days: Most people book online these days. We also use in this day and age to talk about the present, often to express annoyance when you think that something or someone should be more modern: Nobody should be without clean water in this day and age. We use to this day to emphasize that something is still true or still happening: To this day, she refuses to talk about the incident.
There are also a couple of ‘day’ phrases for talking about the future. If we say that something will happen any day now, we mean that it will happen very soon: The baby is due any day now. We use one of these days to talk about something we believe will happen in the future, especially to give a warning: One of these days you’re going to cause a serious accident. Conversely, we use the sarcastic phrase That’ll be the day! to show that we do not believe that something will happen: My brother offering to cook a meal? That’ll be the day!
There are many other phrases with ‘day’, and I will finish with a few of the most useful ones. We say that something happens day in day out when we want to emphasize that it never stops and is very annoying or boring: I had to listen to people complaining, day in day out. If we say that someone or something’s days are numbered, we mean that they will not exist much longer: His days as president are numbered. If something has had its day, it is much less popular than it used to be and is likely to disappear: Some people think that print journalism has had its day.
Finally, I hope that reading this post has made your day (made you feel happy)!