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How often is biannually?

  1. Twice a year (30 votes [41.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  2. Once a year (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Voted Once every two years (42 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

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#1 IlPadrino

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 03:54 PM

How many wheels on a unicycle?

How many wheels on a bicycle?

How many wheels on a tricycle?

How often is annually?

How often is semiannually?

How often is biannually?

How often is triannually?

#2 Dexman PE PMP

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

Im not going to vote because I always get it wrong

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:58 PM

trick question!!!

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:37 PM

While it could be the first or third option, I voted twice a year, only because I've heard that "biennial" is the proper verbiage for every two years.


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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:29 PM

Never paid any attention but now I have another one for my list that currently includes "then vs. than" and the non-word "irregardless". I'll be sure to give my instructor some grief at my next biennial flight review.

#6 IlPadrino

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:39 PM

Answering my own questions:

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How many wheels on a unicycle?


One

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How many wheels on a bicycle?


Two

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How many wheels on a tricycle?


Three

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How often is annually?


Once a year

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How often is semiannually?


Twice a year

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How often is biannually?


It depends. Some dictionaries read twice a year, some read once every two years, and some read it's twice a year *and* once every two years! I believe the correct answer is twice a year. Many people get this wrong. The only safe way to handle this is to avoid the use of the word altogether.

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How often is triannually?


Three times a year... but many people get this wrong, too.

As Supe pointed out, "-ennially" is the correct way to indicate once every so many years... biennially, triennially, decennially, centennially, etc.






#7 maryannette

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

Very interesting. Can that be converted to metric measure? smile.gif

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 08:42 PM

QUOTE (Flyer_PE @ Aug 29 2011, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Never paid any attention but now I have another one for my list that currently includes "then vs. than" and the non-word "irregardless". I'll be sure to give my instructor some grief at my next biennial flight review.

So, how often is this review?

#9 Wolverine

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 29 2011, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (IlPadrino @ Aug 27 2011, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How often is biannually?
It depends. Some dictionaries read twice a year, some read once every two years, and some read it's twice a year *and* once every two years! I believe the correct answer is twice a year. Many people get this wrong. The only safe way to handle this is to avoid the use of the word altogether.

Yes, my answer is "both".

Why not "duannually" or "diannually" for twice a year? Because it sounds stupid, that's why.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:42 PM

QUOTE (MA_PE @ Aug 29 2011, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Flyer_PE @ Aug 29 2011, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Never paid any attention but now I have another one for my list that currently includes "then vs. than" and the non-word "irregardless". I'll be sure to give my instructor some grief at my next biennial flight review.

So, how often is this review?


Every two years. Completed my most recent one in May of this year.

#11 IlPadrino

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (Wolverine @ Aug 30 2011, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, my answer is "both".


But... but... words have MEANING! How can a word that can mean the difference between life and death have two different and contradictory meanings? Do I take the medicine twice a week or once every two weeks?!?

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:09 PM

You should take it duweekly.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

QUOTE (Wolverine @ Aug 30 2011, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why not "duannually" or "diannually" for twice a year? Because it sounds stupid, that's why.


Because "di" is Greek and not Latin? And we all know the only good things to ever come from the Greeks were ouzo, olives, and scantily-clad beachgoers?

"Du" is an interesting idea. According to Wikipedia it would work, but it still leaves "triannually" broken.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:45 PM

Really? NOBODY thinks that "biannually" is only "once per year"?

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 03:31 PM

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Because "di" is Greek and not Latin? And we all know the only good things to ever come from the Greeks were ouzo, olives, and scantily-clad beachgoers?


Every olive plant in this world should be eradicated. I can't think of a food I hate more.

#16 IlPadrino

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE (VTEnviro @ Aug 31 2011, 10:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every olive plant in this world should be eradicated. I can't think of a food I hate more.


Garbanzo beans?

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:50 PM

^blasphemy! Hummus, chana masala. . .you have to respect the chickpea!

#18 IlPadrino

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

Twice a year is catching up...




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