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I've seem the word fortnight already, and I know it means a time period of 2 weeks, but is it an usual word in American English? Or is it more used in British English?
Can I use the term if I´m writing a formal document or is it better to avoid it? For exemple, can I say something like "The debates will be held periodically (e.g., fortnight)" or this will sound weird?
This suprised me a lot. I thought 'fortnight' was as common as 'two weeks' in all Englishes.
It would need to be 'fortnightly', not fortnight. I would say you could use fortnight in any style of writing/speaking. It's a very common word here (British English). More common than 'two weeks'."The debates will be held periodically (e.g., fortnight)"
EDIT: I notice that you speak Portuguese. My fiancée, who is a native Brazilian, says that it is used the same way as 'quinzena', and is used as frequently. She also said that 'quinzena' is not formal, just like fortnight.
Last edited by Linguist__; 10-Feb-2010 at 16:46. Reason: Additional text