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Semimonthly Madness

Do you ever stop and scratch your head when you have to choose between a term like semimonthly and bimonthly? I do, and for good reason. It’s easy to confuse the prefixes semi and bi.

Here’s one very good reason for the confusion. Take a look at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary definitions of bimonthly: 1: occurring every two months; 2: occurring twice a month: semimonthly.

Excuse me?? How can a word mean both or either occurring every two months and twice a month? Would that mean one month you see the word two times, and then not again until two months later? Sheesh. Continue Reading…