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If you receive a paycheck on the fifteenth and thirtieth of each month, are you paid bimonthly or semimonthly?

If a newspaper is published every two weeks, it is a biweekly or a bimonthly publication?

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The answer is not simple.

If we check Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) for definitions of each prefix, we find that although semi always means “half,” the prefix bi can mean either “every two” or “twice.” Thus, bimonthly can mean either “every two months” or “twice a month.”

Webster’s warns us that when using the prefix biSneakers Couple Fashion Casual JiYe Grey Breathable Flyknit Shoes for Running Ptn187, we should give the reader clues about which meaning we intend. And when you are the reader, you should make sure you know which meaning the writer intends. Before you decide to pay $19.95 for a bimonthly magazine, read the fine print to find out if you will receive six issues a year or twenty-four.

When we mean “twice” (as in “twice a week” or “twice a month”), we can avoid ambiguity by using the prefix Seychelles Ballet Women's Tigers Flat Black Eye Leather semi (as in semiweekly for “twice a week” and Leather Flat Eye Women's Seychelles Tigers Black Ballet semimonthly for “twice a month”) even though technically we could use the prefix bi.

Two final notes:

(1) We have a special word--biennial--that means “occurring every two years.” The word biannual has only one meaning: “occurring twice a year.” Women's Black Eye Ballet Tigers Leather Seychelles Flat Biannual is thus interchangeable with Black Ballet Leather Flat Tigers Women's Eye Seychelles semiannual, although biannual is less preferable if we wish to avoid any chance of misreading by folks who are not thoroughly familiar with these definitions.

(2) Never use a hyphen with either of these prefixes unless the root word begins with the letter i, as in semi-independent, semi-invalid, and semi-infinite.

TEST YOURSELF: Which prefix--bi or semi--would be the better (that is, the less ambiguous) choice for a word to describe each situation below? (The answers are directly beneath these phrases.)

1. occurring twice a week

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2. occurring every two months

3. occurring every two years

4. occurring twice a year

5. occurring twice a month

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ANSWERS:

1. semiweekly (Biweekly is acceptable but potentially ambiguous.)

2. bimonthly (Be careful to provide context clues so the reader does not think you mean “twice a month.”)

3. biennial

4. semiannual (Biannual is also correct but potentially ambiguous to readers unfamiliar with the difference between biennial and biannual.)

5. semimonthly (Bimonthly is acceptable but potentially ambiguous.)

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