I’m currently in the process of writing a sequel (and, after that, there will probably be one last story) to Bully, but for now, here are a few things I was thinking about words.
For one, it used to be quite common to use “you’ve” in a possessive sense, such as: “you’ve quite a nice cat, there”. “You’ve”, obviously, means “you have”, so it makes perfect sense. Nowadays, though, for whatever reason, “you’ve” is only used in a… not quite sure how to put it. A “verbal” sense? As in, “you’ve fed the cat, right?”. “You have” also makes perfect sense in this context, but I’m not sure why the first use of it that I mentioned has fallen quite by the wayside. I may start using it in that way. Perhaps.
Secondly, we say “in 1984” if we’re discussing, for example, events that took place during the year 1984. But when we’re talking about things that took place in a certain day, we use the word “on” for whatever reason. “On Saturday I fed the cat.” Using “in” in that context doesn’t make any sense to us, but it should, in a way. A day is much like a year – it isn’t a specific moment in time, it is a measurement of time. Technically speaking, you could keep going further down with this (hours, minutes, seconds, etc.), but they’re still measurements of time, just as a year is. Technically speaking, everything takes place during a span of time, no matter how small it is. Will I start using “in” instead of “on” in this sense? No, because it really sounds completely foreign to our ears and minds. But it’s an interesting thing to think about.
(One of the things you start thinking about when you study calculus.)