Yesterday night: Maybe a Joanism and not a Yorkism?

I had gotten two comments from friends in recent weeks about something I say that is, apparently, odd.

(I know, you’re shocked.)

It’s the phrase “yesterday night,” which I say in place of “last night.”

When I used it in an email to longtime reader Jo, she replied, “I think that is the first time I’ve ever seen that in writing. Since living here nearly ten years I see in print and hear so much word usage I’m not accustomed to – otherwise known as Yorkisms or Pennsyltuckianisms. Some I never used or stopped using myself during my more than fifty-year residency in a somewhat different cultural. Yours just seems so odd a phrase.”

Well, the weird thing was, Hubby had pointed out the same thing to me only a few days prior to Jo’s note.

Am I alone? Is it weird to say “yesterday night”? I feel like if you can say “tomorrow night,” then it makes sense. (And, in fact, you don’t say “next night,” so why say “last night”?) There you go. I feel justified. I guess.

About Joan Concilio

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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