What is the difference between fortnight and semimonthly?



asked Apr 07 '11 at 21:03 coraliecinq Contributor

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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.

link comment answered Apr 10 '11 at 10:01 Kimberly Expert

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