And I believe there are some examples where those in authority positions on language usage have tried valiantly, but failed to stop an incorrect usage from arising, becoming common, and finally becoming accepted. Languages evolve over time; rules governing grammar and punctuation change. The correct answer of course is, semi refers to half the period, not half the frequency. Those rules should not change on the whim of the ignorant; nor should they change based on a wide spread usage that leads to the errosion of clear communications. The workers I knew when I lived there were not confused, saw the bonus as the employer giving them the biweekly pay that was due for their daily toil. This might be an old conversation now and I apologize for bringing it up again.
Here is a pedantic mathematical correction. A bimonthly payment is paid two times a month, but a biweekly payment is made every two weeks—not two times a week as you might presume if you were trying to adhere to just one meaning for the prefix bi-. It has been politely and professionally enjoined by all of the participants, which speaks well of all of you. In january, obama has changed the health program to make birth control free, along with your yearly exam. Fred is a retired vet who still does locum veterinary work and also plays 18 holes of golf twice a week. They also use it to describe things that happen twice in one week, which is kind of correct — but the word semiweekly is more accurate in that case.
It's right well of course it's right. But once you step outside magazines and newspapers, it gets a little more confusing. Plus, that would still make sense if she does not know many people if she only goes to that one class and a drop-in center - she is not super social. If someone feels that it's antiquated or odd, that is their problem! The staff restaurant in work serve fish once or twice a week, so generally now I have it at least once a week, and the nickname brain food is well deserved. We do not know who or what you disagree with, unless it is the dictionary. Show More Sentences My friends and I went there once or twice a week and waited for the watchman to chase us out.
Semi-monthly should have been applied in this instance. Whereas, biennial means occurring once every two years. Using cannabis once or twice a week almost doubles the risk of suffering psychotic symptoms in later life, researchers said yesterday. The chief difficulty is that many users of these words assume that others know exactly what they mean, and they do not bother to make their context clear. I think that a website or blog such as this should clearly articulate what is correct and incorrect, and not add to the confusion by saying both are correct.
Knowing the Definitions Doesn't Necessarily Help The definition of biweekly is typically every two weeks. The Herald's main political commentator is Iain Macwhirter, who writes twice a week for the paper and who is broadly supportive of independence. Strangely, although bicentennial, bilingual, and bipedal among many other actual and imagined bi-prefixed words would never be understood as referring to half- century, language, foot, etc. Bi- means two parts not cutting twice. The interpretation of bi-monthly as twice per month might be officially accepted but it is still wrong. If one needs to take the medication everyday it will most likely leave the body rather quickly.
That of course would throw off the next publish date of the 1st… I think you are saying the same thing as the original post. We do not advocate any particular way of using these terms, but we do suggest substituting actual time frames to avoid confusion. I could see where hyphenating them might indicate the alternate association, but of course that assumes you know what the usual association is! They may pretend to like pad thai or grilled prawns or the occasional curry, but twice a week they need their culinary comforts, their hamburgers and their pizzas. So bisexual loves both…two…not twice of the same. You will also see that we are just as upset about this situation as everyone else. Their dual meanings most certainly cause much confusion. After a whole generation attests to the shining success of our grammarians in helping clarify the use of our entire language community, I assume the confusion would begin again to slowly creep in.
If two brothers each have a son, one named Joe and the other named Charles, Joe and Charles are first … cousins. If humidifiers are necessary, scrub the fluid reservoirs at least twice a week to prevent mold growth. Adjective The biweekly mortgage loan was started in Canada and is now offered by lenders in the United States. . Ironically, in your attempt to assert the correct usage of bi-weekly, you have made a mistake. I saw a shrink twice a week as part of my deal at the halfway house.
Some dictionaries list only the one definition, however Dictionary. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. My boss asked me to submit a bi-weekly report on something. Using the possibility of equivalence would mean we could walk on half a leg, ride on a device with one half of a wheel, or have someone be mentally ill with one-half of a mental state instead of two diametric ones. Bimonthly means once every two months or twice a month… Semiweekly means twice a week.
Semiweekly and semimonthly are unambiguous. Definitely not the delicious golden goodness I enjoy under some good sausage gravy. Notify me of new posts by email. We have made it compulsory for the first year students to attend classes twice a week in the lab. This would take a bit of luck. If the article or the existing discussions do not address a thought or question you have on the subject, please use the Comment box at the bottom of this page.
Bi- and Semi- are then modifers of the interval or period. This is by no means medical advice. Bi- did not create two sexes, nor did it divide one sex into two. When relatives are twice removed from each other, it means that they are two generations separated from one other. Having a secondary meaning for a term evolve through usage is one thing.