What does biweekly actually mean?
I always thought biweekly meant twice a week and when people mean every other week, they should say bimonthly. Bi meaning 2 or twice and then the time frame.
I looked this up online and the two definitions are: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly
1 : occurring twice a week
2 : occurring every two weeks : fortnightly
Pretty ambiguous right?
I've been told twice a week should be semi-weekly. What gives?
- AndreaLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
It IS confusing, but it has been generally accepted to mean once every two weeks. I hope that helps!
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- AtherfoolLv 61 decade ago
In the business and banking world biweekly is every two weeks, bimonthly is every two months and semi-weekly means twice a week. If you get a mortgage from your bank and the repayment terms are biweekly, you make a payment every two weeks.
- 1 decade ago
I've always known it as every two weeks, like receiving your check biweekly instead of weekly.
But bi- is the word part for two, so I suppose it could go either way, but I believe most people use it as a term for every two weeks.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
I get paid bi-weekly, or every other week. My friend gets paid semi-monthly, which means twice a month (15th and 30th). Twice a week would be semi-weekly.
- walk awayLv 51 decade ago
My American Heritage Dictionary has these definitions:
biweekly - occuring once every 2 weeks
bimonthly - occuring " " months
biyearly - occuring " " years.
They have a note that says that these are not interchangeable