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Is the concept of a six month anniversary a contradiction of terms?

Asked by NerdyKeith (5421points) August 17th, 2017

The word anniversary originates from the annual. Doesn’t annual mean year? If that is the case is the concept of a six month anniversary nonsensical?

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flameboi's avatar

Call it monthversary. It’s not even a word, but it works.

NerdyKeith's avatar

@flameboi Lol that’s a fun word. Honestly I would just hope that people would just wait a year and have a real anniversary. Some people even do a celebration after 3 months, which is crazy to me.

Coloma's avatar

@NerdyKeith I agree. I know someone that has been in a relationship for the last 7 years and they ceelbrate on the date they met every month and then, of course, the yearly anniversary. So stupid, but hey..people and their attatchments. haha

elbanditoroso's avatar

There are people I know who celebrate their half-birthdays, as well.

flameboi's avatar

In my country is customary, at least when you begin dating, to do something special every month. After the relationship matures is when you switch to the formal anniversary celebration. For some people it is so trascendental to meet the one person who changed your life that they believe in celebrating that occasion as often as possible.

Coloma's avatar

Or…it’s just silly romantic BS. haha

Coloma's avatar

@elbanditoroso Really? That’s a 1st. haha

Mariah's avatar

The word doesn’t make sense as noted, but who cares what other people want to celebrate within their relationship? It’s their own business.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I looked in the Oxford English Dictionary and was surprised to see all the definitions were for annual events.

I don’t give it a thought when people say week anniversary or month anniversary. Sounds legit to my ear.

kritiper's avatar

It would depend on which fine female specimen you’re talking about.

JLeslie's avatar

Technically it might be incorrect, but certainly you can use the word to mean one month or six months or whatever you want, and it will be understood.

NerdyKeith's avatar

@kritiper I’m actually gay myself. But I think certain gay men might be offended if I bluntly told him “we’re not having a six month anniversary because it’s nonsense.”

Coloma's avatar

I guess it depends on the individuals, obviously. I am not a sappy romantic type nor overly sentimental. I like romantic moments of course, who doesn’t, but…nothing over the top sappy. Do not give me gushing cards and stuffed animals and other sappy romantic crap. haha
Every day should be an anniversary in terms of just showing up for your partner.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

No, it’s not a contradiction. It’s inaccurate. What you describe is a semi-anniversary. The root ann or enn means “year” in Latin. So, you simply add the proper Latin prefix. An anniversary celebrated twice a year is a bi-annual event, or biannual. Some people will celebrate the important days in their lives more than once per year. Celebrating a birthday every six months is said to celebrate biannually.

But be careful. Biannual means twice a year. Biennial means once every two years. The root ann is used with a prefix to describe something that happens more than once within a year. The root enn is used with a prefix to describe an anniversary that is celebrated in a specific time that is more than a year. Examples: centennial, bicentennial, tricentennial, etc.

CWOTUS's avatar

Why not call it a semi-anniversary? That would be perfectly appropriate. You should also make arrangements to leave halfway through the celebration, of course.

kritiper's avatar

@NerdyKeith Sorry. I thought your were asking ME the question.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

If it is to you, don’t plan a six-month anniversary celebration.

NerdyKeith's avatar

@kritiper oh I was. I was just sharing my own perspective as well

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