What is the difference between fortnight and semimonthly?
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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