Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Home Alone - Day 8 - Ambiguity

It's been over a week now and I think I've been holding up just fine.

Sockman's so silly. We don't even have the same prescription. Psh.

At work we've been having problems with the ambiguity of the english language. The particular problem we face is the term "biweekly". My good friends Merriam and Webster can't seem to agree on the subject. Merriam says that it means occurring twice a week, and Webster says it means occurring every two weeks. Come on Merriam-Webster! You're supposed to be a united front! Can context clues help us decide which definition someone is using? Let's see.

"Okay, listen up, it's extremely important that you take this medication biweekly. No more and no less."
"You have a choice of weekly beatings or biweekly beatings, which do you want?

What gives?! We have to do something about this. I have always believed biweekly to mean every two weeks, but when that assumption was challenged and Merriam-Webster let me down, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE! Here are our options.

1. Use the terms twice weekly, and every two weeks exclusively
2. Use biweekly to mean twice a week and use fortnightly to mean every two weeks
3. Use the terms biweekly, homoweekly, and heteroweekly in whatever way we see fit
4. Use either 26 or 104 times yearly.

Whatever we do, we need a consensus!


Becca said...

You are so much funnier when I am not home.

Whitney said...

careful, you're one step away from sitting around with your pants on ur head saying: "someone stole my pants"
that...or naming a volleyball wilson.

Karen said...

Hey, I'm waiting to hear what happened to Sockman when Becca got home??

Bryce said...

Kyle, I wish we actually knew each other. Also, I once took a class on English ambiguity (ELang 529)... but I have nothing to say about "biweekly."