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Anniversary

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:09 pm

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Pronunciation: æn-ê-vêr-sêr-ri • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, Adjective

Meaning: The annual recurrence of the date of an important event in some previous year or the celebration thereof.

Notes: Some people think that today's Good Word is misused. There should be no 'six-month anniversary' of anything, since the meaning contains the sense of "annual". However, all western European languages allow the same latitude, so we may as well chalk it up as language change at this point. Since this word may be used as an adjective (anniversary celebration), it has an adverbial form: anniversarily, as in 'anniversarily celebrated'.

In Play: Remember the actual meaning of the word when you use it in phrases like this: "AlphaDictionary celebrated its 15th anniversary in December of 2019, a rather long existence for a website." Remember anniversaries occur once a year, no more, no less: "Marley celebrated the anniversary of his 25 years of service to the company by resigning."

Word History: Middle English copied anniversarie from French, which inherited it from Medieval Latin (dies) anniversaria "anniversary (day)". This developed from the feminine of the Classical Latin compound adjective anniversarius "recurring yearly", based on the words annus "year" + versus, the past participle of vertere "to turn". Annus comes from a suffixed form of the Proto-Indo-European word at- "go": at-no. The result in Latin, annus, produced many words that English borrowed, such as annual, annuity, annals, not to mention words on -enni- such as millennium and biennial. Vertere comes from the same PIE root meaning "turn, twist" as English wreath, writhe and weird, originally meaning "twisted". (Yesterday Dr. and Mrs. Goodword quietly celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage at home with a small group of friends.)
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Re: Anniversary

Postby wordlady1 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:39 am

In a group I belong to we celebrate monthly anniversaries, and we call the celebrant the anniversarian.

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Re: Anniversary

Postby damoge » Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:03 pm

In response to your () (Good lord! Congratulations and Mazel Tov!!!!!!)
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Re: Anniversary

Postby David Myer » Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:01 am

60 years is an impressive anniversary. Hearty congratulations. May you both enjoy many more round number anniversaries.

David

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Re: Anniversary

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:39 pm

Congratulations and Many Years More to
Dr. and Mrs. Goodword.
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Re: Anniversary

Postby bnjtokyo » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:21 pm

Dear Dr and Mrs Goodword,

I too would like to extend my congratulations and felicitations on your Diamond Anniversary. All the best!

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Re: Anniversary

Postby call_copse » Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:49 am

Congratulations on your anniversary and admirable longevity.
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Re: Anniversary

Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:12 am

Thank you all for all the well wishes. We celebrated a quiet 60th--much smaller than planned. Our children and grandchildren couldn't come. So we spent the day with friends who were married the same weekend back in 1960 as Faye and I. Since the church was busy on Sunday, we were married on Saturday and they, on Sunday, because the temple was busy on Saturday. They were married in New Jersey; we, in North Carolina.

The size of the celebration was somewhat offset by the number of celebrations. We celebrated the 10th and 11th and, just for good measure, the 14th with a few more friends. See the pictures on my Facebook pages.
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