I am not sure if you do this over there, but here in South Africa we have a few unique expressions we use to indicate timing – ‘now now’ and ‘just now’. Now now and just now can mean anything from 5 minutes to 5 hours. Confusing, yet as South Africans, we know exactly how long each means.
see you there just now?” “Ja, cool”
“I’ve got a client coming in now now, please arrange parking!”
Now now is usually sooner than just now, but not always.
Unfortunately, Adam has yet to learn what ‘now now’, ‘just now’ or even what ‘today’ means. Our daily conversation goes something like this:
Adam: When is daddy coming home?
Adam: This night?
Me: Not now now, but just now. Today.
Adam: This day?
We can go on like this for hours. I cringe the days where he asks the question the minute he opens his eyes. We go through several versions of ‘this day’, ‘now now’, ‘this five minutes’ and ‘today’ until he is satisfied that his father is actually coming in the acceptable time frame, which is any combination of the above. Nownowthisdayfiveminutessixoclock. That time.
Want to share any unique language / dialect thing you guys do? Now now please, not just now.