Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
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.