...don't even ignore 'em.
-- Samuel Goldwyn

Monday, March 28, 2005

How to talk good.

It's not "one-year anniversary". An anniversary is the recurring yearly date of a significant event. Its root is the Latin "annus", which means "year." "X-year anniversary" is redundantly repetitious. It's "first anniversary", or "tenth anniversary". Get it? I, for one, refuse to accept this usage just because so many now make this mistake. At the risk of turning my blog into a cranky pet peeve collection, I urge you to correct TV and radio and other carriers of stupidity whenever you hear it.

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