The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

Year In, Year Out

Hey, y’all! I’m always happy to hear when my friends are celebrating many years of wedded bliss. So when I read on Facebook about your “15-year anniversary,” I grumble and fuss not because I’m a cynical, bitter divorcée.* Why the irritation, then?

You see, “anniversary” comes from two Latin words: annus and versus. What’s important is that it already has “year” built in! You know, if something happens once a year, it’s an “annual” event. You’d never say (or write on your Facebook status) that you’re so happy to attend your company’s “once-a-year annual” awards banquet. Likewise, when you put “year” in front of “anniversary,” you’re just being redundant.

Next year, please be thrilled that you and your significant other are commemorating umpteen years of marriage on your “umpteenth anniversary.” Now, if someone will share this info with our local flooring store, mattress retailer, and Hyundai dealer, I won’t have to hear any more “10-year anniversary blowout sale” commercials.

*I believe in love, y’all. Don’t you think that would be a nice title for a country & western song? And do people even use the term “divorcée” anymore? It sounds so One Day at a Time to me. Remember MS. Romano? THAT was one seriously scorned ex-wife.

4 comments on “Year In, Year Out

  1. Yvonne Streeter
    September 4, 2012

    You got me on this one…. I’d never thought about it before. Thanks!

  2. Yvonne Streeter
    September 4, 2012

    Oh, Oh. Are you going to write about the mad use of ellipses some day? I’m really bad about using them… so sorry….

  3. The Grammar Belle
    September 5, 2012

    Yvonne, I’m glad I could teach ya something new today! 🙂 And you know, I am a big fan of the ellipsis. We all have our little quirks and styles—I use a lot of em dashes and ellipses. I don’t mind them here and there, if used correctly! Lately, I see folks just putting an indiscriminate number of periods in a row thinking that’s the way to go. Three (or four, depending) are all ya need, folks! I’ll add it to my list of future topics. Thanks so much!

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 by in Don't Make Me Beg, Uncategorized.

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