What is the difference between fortnight and semimonthly?

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asked Apr 07 '11 at 21:03 coraliecinq New member

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Semi-monthly means 'occuring twice a month'.  In comparison, fortnight means 'two weeks.'

 

So, if you say: "The newsletter is semi-monthly." = The newsletter is issued twice a month. (Correct)

 

"The newsletter is fortnight." = The newsletter is 14 days (wrong).  You would need to say:

 

"The newsletter is published each fortnight." = The newsletter is published each 14 days.

 

NOTE:  fortnight is a very old-fashioned word.  Nowadays, it is only used in literature and poetry, never for describing timing of daily activities.

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