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Old 17.02.2012, 16:36
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What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Apparently if you're a Brit this should mean twice a week but most other anglophones seem to construe it as fortnightly. According to the Chambers English dictionary, both definitions are correct.. WTF If a quack told you to take a pill bi-weekly and you and him had different understandings, you could be dead.

Bi-weekly adj 1 fortnightly. 2 occurring or appearing twice a week. Sometimes semi-weekly. Also adverb. noun a periodical issued twice a week, or once every two weeks
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Old 17.02.2012, 16:39
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I had always thought bi-monthly = twice a month ( bi-annually = twice a year ) and bi-weekly = twice a week.
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Old 17.02.2012, 16:40
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

That is bizarre, and quite scary. I always used to think that it meant twice a week but was then told that it meant every two weeks.

On the other hand, biannual means twice a year and biennial means every two years.
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:06
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Living as a bisexual on a week to week basis ????
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:09
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Every two weeks.

Semi-weekly is twice a week.

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Old 17.02.2012, 17:24
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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Semi-weekly is twice a week.
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Never heard of that! And infact that one feels weird to me because semi is used in music to denote division by 4 (well sort of .. depending if you are taking your basis as a 2 or 1 beat note ..) Thanks, I shall try to remember it!

But good thread because just this morning I realised I was talking at cross purposes with an American parent at the preschool where I work exactly because of this term .. it took us a while to understand where we were going wrong ...
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:27
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

Even if semi-weekly is technically correct, who would say that? Surely, we all say twice a week?
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:28
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I am not an English speaker but for me it is twice a week.
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:29
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

I quote from the Economist Style Guide:

biannual, biennial - Biannual can mean twice a year or once every two years. Avoid. Since biennial also means once every two years, that is best avoided too. So are bimonthly and biweekly, which also have two meanings. Luckily fortnightly is unambiguous.

I know I'm always confused about all of them. So there should be a 'I haven't a clue' option in the survey

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Old 17.02.2012, 17:31
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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I quote from the Economist Style Guide:
The Economist Style Guide?! Are you the new DB?
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:34
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Can we bet that the widely accepted understanding of bi-weekly as every 2 weeks can be explained by the fact that there are far more bi-weekly events thant twice a week events?

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I am not an English speaker but for me it is twice a week.
Friday, the day free of all certitudes.

does it mean you are not english or that you don't speak english? Or is it a variant of "ceci n'est pas une pipe"

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Old 17.02.2012, 17:23
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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Living as a bisexual on a week to week basis ????
I would like to hereby claim the paternity of Vertigo's rule: any discussion on internet will sooner or later (often sooner) allude to sex.
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:25
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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I would like to hereby claim the paternity of Vertigo's rule: any discussion on internet will sooner or later (often sooner) allude to sex.
Isn't that already covered by 'rule 34'?

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

You need to amend to both since it does indeed mean both (I am an English English pedant)

Alteratively it could mean a weekly meeting for Bi-Sexual people

For clarity I usually use fortnightly for once every two weeks
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Old 17.02.2012, 17:27
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Re: What is your understanding of a 'Bi-weekly' event?

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Apparently if you're a Brit this should mean twice a week but most other anglophones seem to construe it as fortnightly.
Castro, I am very surprised that learn that there is an alternative meaning to bi-weekly seeing that we use the same Queens English where I grew up!

Always meant twice a month for me!
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