The term "bi-weekly"

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  1. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone ever get customers confused on this?

    According to various dictionaries you will get results like:

    1. occurring every two weeks.
    2. occurring twice a week; semiweekly.

    Okay.... Mr Dictionary... make up your fooking mind! :hammerhead:

    I had always used the term bi-weekly and thought it was the general term in our industry for service every other week.

    How about you guys?
     
  2. SamTheLawnMan

    SamTheLawnMan LawnSite Member
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    I thought it was Bi-Monthly.....
     
  3. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
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    every other week,unless the customer is bigger.bi-monthly is every 15 days or so.
     
  4. therealdeal412

    therealdeal412 LawnSite Member
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    every other week i thought
     
  5. zemzabob

    zemzabob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same here as far as I know
     
  6. wheels910

    wheels910 LawnSite Member
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    i always thought biweekly meant twice a week
     
  7. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It seems that this term is one of the english words that has evolved into a different meaning over the years.

    According to this article: http://jco.ascopubs.org/cgi/content/full/20/11/2758

    "Oxaliplatin is a new anticancer drug active against colorectal cancer; it was developed mostly in France.1-3 The drug is usually given every 2 weeks. To describe their regimens, French authors have used the term "bimonthly." This use of the word "bimonthly" has caused and continues to cause confusion in the English literature.

    In French, the word "bimensuel" is not ambiguous and means "twice a month." By contrast, in English the word "bimonthly" is ambiguous: Although it generally means "every 2 months," it can also mean "twice a month." Nevertheless, the latter meaning is seldom used in order to avoid confusion. WebsterÂ’s dictionary proposes to use the term "semimonthly" instead. Similarly, the French "bihebdomadaire" is not ambiguous and means "twice a week." By contrast, the English "biweekly" generally means "every 2 weeks" but may also mean "twice a week."

    What is the best way out of this semantic confusion? Since "bimonthly" has the general meaning of every 2 months in current English, the term "bimonthly" should not be used to describe an every-2-weeks schedule. If authors prefer to refer to the duration of half a month (implying some imprecision, from 14 to 16 days) they should use the term "semimonthly." If they prefer to refer to the duration of 2 weeks, they should use the term "biweekly," implying precisely 14 days."
     
  8. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And bi-peds would be every other leg!

    And bicycles would be every other wheel!
     
  9. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
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    wow,who really care about the French.
     
  10. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    rofl.. I think thats the reason it changed :) Good call from my point of view. They're so backwards. :dizzy:
     

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