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Bimonthly

Here’s an economical word 😉 It means two mutually-exclusive thing at once:

1. twice a month

2. once every two months

In fact, the meaning of “bimonthly” (and similar words like “biweekly” and “biyearly”) is ambiguous. The best way to be unambiguous is to use alternative expressions such as “twice a month” or “every two months”.


By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub November 2007
Josef started teaching English in 1991 and founded the popular website EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997, followed by TEFL.net for teachers in 1998. He is author of several ebooks including English Prepositions List.

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