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Old 20.04.2016, 13:42
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I think this is why in business where I work we use "twice-weekly" and bi-weekly is used for every two weeks.

The fact that bi-weekly has contradictory meanings is plain daft.
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Old 20.04.2016, 14:02
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Did the meetings start at half eight or eight-thirty?
10 pm

Had to cater for colleagues in AUS and US.
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Old 20.04.2016, 14:49
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Autoantonyms - just part of the rich variety of English.

My favourite is cleave - separate, join together
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Bi-weekly always stood for once every 2 weeks. If one needed to meet more often then it would be twice a week. Amazed though, you learn something new every day.
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Old 20.04.2016, 14:57
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I guess i missed 75% of the meetings scheduled if biweekly meant twice a week rather than twice per month..

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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

As far as I can tell, in university context (ETH, UZH, ...) it ALWAYS means twice per month.
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Old 20.04.2016, 15:38
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

It means both which is why english is such a poor language
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Old 20.04.2016, 19:19
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Autoantonyms - just part of the rich variety of English.

My favourite is cleave - separate, join together
My favorite is literally, which literally means literally and not literally.
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Old 20.04.2016, 22:19
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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IMHO

Bi-Monthly = once every 2 months
Semi-Monthly = twice per month - or fortnightly

The confusion is that people us the "Bi" for the number of events rather than the frequency. DRK has defined the following:

Daily
Twice-weekly
Weekly
Fortnightly
Monthly
Bi-Monthly
Quarterly
Semi-annually
Annually

People caught using the phrase "bi-weekly" incur an on the spot penalty of having their mobile phones, tablets, intelligent-watches and laptops smashed with lump hammers.
I have a lump hammer
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Old 21.04.2016, 00:51
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It means both which is why english is such a poor language
This is like saying that a knife is a terrible implement because it can be used to kill someone. No. Just learn to use it properly and sensibly.

It's pretty simple. Bi-weekly, most people know, is one of those many words that are defined differently by different people (usually Americans vs Brits, but not always). So therefore it's best you don't use it at all. Just say fortnightly, or twice a week, depending on which you mean.

Eventually, a consensus may be reached, as with "billion". Remember the confusion about whether it was a thousand million or a million million? We've all settled on the former now. The same may eventually happen with bi-weekly but until then, use a word that people will understand.
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Old 21.04.2016, 09:34
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I always thought that a 'bi-weekly' was the Saturday-night threesome.

Tom
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Old 21.04.2016, 10:00
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Bi-weekly always stood for once every 2 weeks. .
No. It's always meant either. Bimonthly - twice a month, every two months. Bicycle...

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It means both which is why english is such a poor great language
Fixed that for you.
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Old 21.04.2016, 10:21
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No. It's always meant either. Bimonthly - twice a month, every two months. Bicycle...
Uni-cycle - a cycle with 1 wheel
Bi-cycle - a cycle with 2 wheels
Tri-cycle - a cycle with 3 wheels

A bicycle does not imply a cycle for 2 people
A tricycle does not imply a cycle for 3 people

Meeting with a weekly occurrence - a meeting happening every 1 week
Meeting with a Bi-weekly occurrence - a meeting happening every 2 weeks

The bi-weekly/monthly is a peculiarity in the language - which probably came from Americans effing about with it - as usual.
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Old 21.04.2016, 11:59
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Bi-cycle - a cycle with 2 wheels
If it followed the same rules, a bicycle would be either two bikes with one wheel between them (a tandem unicycle?), or one bike with two wheels.
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Old 21.04.2016, 12:25
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If it followed the same rules, a bicycle would be either two bikes with one wheel between them (a tandem unicycle?), or one bike with two wheels.
what he said!
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Old 21.04.2016, 12:31
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Fortnight is British English only!

Bicycle has two wheels. Bipeds two feet, so biweekly to me is twice in one week.

(I am from the North though...)
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Old 21.04.2016, 12:34
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Fortnight is British English only!

Bicycle has two wheels. Bipeds two feet, so biweekly to me is twice in one week.

(I am from the North though...)
Aha - there's the solution. It's whether it's bi-weekly or biweek-ly. Bit like we'll pass on that application (accept it), and we'll pass on that application (reject it).
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Old 21.04.2016, 15:42
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

If it's so confusing, why not just saying twice a week or once every two weeks?
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Old 21.04.2016, 15:55
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If it's so confusing, why not just saying twice a week or once every two weeks?
But then you start getting into the usual discussion of: "I thought you meant next week, not the week after next", which in German have separate meanings to the English equivalent
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Old 21.04.2016, 15:59
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I always thought that a 'bi-weekly' was the Saturday-night threesome.

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