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    biweekly

    Dear teachers,
    The following is from the dictionary:

    biweekly: often avoided because of the ambiguity of meaning, in favor of twice-monthly .
    According to my interpretation "in favor of ...." means " I'd better use "twice-monthly" . But I think the two words bear different meanings. How can they replace each other? I get totally confused.
    Could you please explain what it means?

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    Re: biweekly

    But I think the two words bear different meanings.
    You don't say what you believe is the meaning of the other, bi-monthly.
    Do you mean, it could indicate any time during the month, as long as it occurs twice, as opposed to evenly spaced, two weeks apart?

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    Re: biweekly


    Sorry I typed another example. Now I am typing the question again:

    biweekly: often avoided because of the ambiguity of meaning, in favor of twice-weekly .
    According to my interpretation "in favor of ...." means " I'd better use "twice-weekly" . But I think the two words bear different meanings.

    biweekly: happening or appearing every two weeks or twice a week
    twice-weekly: twice a week.
    How can they replace each other? I get totally confused.
    Could you please explain what it means?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    But I think the two words bear different meanings.
    You don't say what you believe is the meaning of the other, bi-monthly.
    Do you mean, it could indicate any time during the month, as long as it occurs twice, as opposed to evenly spaced, two weeks apart?

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    Re: biweekly

    bi-monthly = twice a month, every two weeks, two days a month
    bi-weekly = twice a week, two days a week

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    Re: biweekly

    Hi,
    Could you please explain why the dictionary reads "biweekly: often avoided because of the ambiguity of meaning, in favor of twice-weekly . "

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

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    bi-monthly = twice a month, every two weeks, two days a month
    bi-weekly = twice a week, two days a week

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    Re: biweekly

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,
    Could you please explain why the dictionary reads "biweekly: often avoided because of the ambiguity of meaning, in favor of twice-weekly . "

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Bi- weekly:twice in a week.
    Bi-monthly:fortnightly.Twice in a month.
    biweekly-dictionary meaning-twice in a week;once in two weeks.Two different meanings are given.As it is ambiguos avoid using biweekly.
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    Re: biweekly

    Hi jiang

    First off, I have never heard the term twice-weekly, and that's probably because I don't find bi-weekly ambiguous--which isn't to say that it can't or doesn't admit more than one meaning. The ambiguity is here:

    1. bi-weekly = 2 weeks <the week is doubled>
    2. bi-weekly = 2 days <the week is divided>

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    Re: biweekly

    Hi Soup,

    The following is from Canadian Oxford Dictionary:

    biweekly adverb 1. every tweeks 2 twice a week. adjective produced or occurring biweekly. noun (pl. -lies) a biweekly periodical See the note at bimonthly.
    (I then consulted bimonthly)
    bimonthly adjective occurring every two months or twice a month. adverb every two months or twice a month. noun (pl. -lies) a periodical produced bimonthly. Often avoided, because of the ambiguity of meaning, in favour of biweekly or twice-monthly.

    I get totally confused.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi jiang

    First off, I have never heard the term twice-weekly, and that's probably because I don't find bi-weekly ambiguous--which isn't to say that it can't or doesn't admit more than one meaning. The ambiguity is here:

    1. bi-weekly = 2 weeks <the week is doubled>
    2. bi-weekly = 2 days <the week is divided>

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    Re: biweekly

    Jiang, the prefix bi- has two meanings:

    1. 2 halves (e.g., bi-focals = half lenses)
    2. 2 wholes (e.g., bicycle = two wheels).


    So,


    1. half: bi- cuts the week into smaller parts giving the meaning two days a week.

    2. whole: bi- doubles the week by two giving the meaning twice a month.

    Does that help?

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    Re: biweekly

    Yes, I usually think of the "every two" meaning.

    The convention is held biannually - this means to me every two years.

    I would hear "biweekly" and think "every other week" but if someone else thought it meant "twice a week" then we have a problem.

    If the person says "twice weekly" then I'm completely clear.

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