Well I somehow doubt Texas Roadhouse uses “British-English,” so yes, biweekly can mean every two weeks. It means both twice a week and every two weeks, same as biannually means twice a year or once every two years.
Yeah, semi- would be used if something happens twice in the stated period. If you’re paid semi-monthly, you get paid twice a month (e.g. the 1st and 15th) but if you’re paid bi-weekly, you get paid every two weeks (e.g. every other Friday).
Either one (in both cases) in now considered correct, owing for common usage. And ‘biennial’ is equally interchangeable, as well. Kinda like ‘irregardless’ – it’s still a double negative but thanks to the grand order of dumbasses out there, they’re all accepted because there are far more stupid people who refuse to give up the heavy yoke of ignorance. (I’ll spell it ‘yolk’ if you can understand it better, though!) Ha!
@rachetwench; we haven’t reached some final evolved state of English, usage defines and changes language, otherwise we wouldn’t have variants like British/American/Australian English, etc. Dictionaries are just a guide, they change to suit usage, not the other way round. Sometimes I agree that it’s annoying though, ‘innit’ just got into the Oxford English Dictionary ffs…
So two conclusions here, you people either (A)- Don’t live in the USA or (B) Have never had a job. I am going to go with (B) because most of you spend way to much time on here. If you are working in the USA they will either pay you biweekly or monthly. If you get all excited and go out to your mail box twice in one week expecting a check you will be sorely disappointed or very angry with the innocent mail man/woman.
I thought Bi-weekly meant you got to fuck one of those vapid stupid cum sponges who try to make themselves interesting by saying actually i’m bi i fuck men and women when in actual fact they’re just a daft bastard who’d run a mile at the sight of a gash…. once a week
Words are not fixed-value integers. If I walk past a bus shelter every day with my friend and refer to it as a shed then whenever I say “let’s meet at the shed” he’ll know where I mean. Words mean what you mean them to mean, and what other people think they mean, and nothing more. Equally if I refer to my college interview panel as “wicked” then if I got in, wicked means “cool” and if I didn’t get in it means “evil”. Context peeps, context.
Christ! I have never before heard anyone in the US actually say “biweekly,” they say “every other week.” I wonder if this Texas Roadhouse is located in another country, kind of like how we have Outback in the US with a distorted view of what Australia is like.
@jenniferrrrr I went to Outback steakhouse in Oregon, USA and as an Aussie I found it to be very sterotypical.. then when I got back to Aus 6months later there I spotted an Outback steakhouse.. It was the same layout too.. so it disturbed me to think aussie let it go ahead.. but thats just how we roll.. very layed back aussies are
Seriously, don’t people read the comments before they post theirs? That bi-weekly stuff… Wow. It’s quite obvious that the word has a different meaning in GB, than it has in US. Why on earth do you keep fighting about it?