Word for a 225th Birthday
Date: 07/10/2001 at 03:14:08 From: Jerry Rosen Subject: Is there a word for a 225th birthday? This year America is celebrating its 225th birthday. As we celebrated the bicentennial in 1976, is there a term for 225 years? Thanks, Jerry
Date: 07/10/2001 at 12:50:06 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Is there a word for a 225th birthday? Hi, Jerry. There are words for such odd anniversaries, but I'm not sure they are at all standard. I first found this site Gustavus (College) Usage: An Alphabetical Listing http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/publications/style/alpha.cfm which, under anniversaries (institutional), gives a list: Colleges and universities are big on anniversary celebrations, so it's important that we're proper in our references to them. Most of the following terms are tremendously awkward, so alternative labels like "jubilee" may be preferred. 50 = quinquagenary (golden) 75 = terquasquigenary (diamond) 100 = centennial 125 = quasquicentennial 150 = sesquicentennial 175 = terquasquicentennial 200 = bicentennial 225 = bicenquasquigenary 250 = bicenquinquagenary 275 = bicenterquasquigenary 300 = tricentennial I searched the Web, and found that some of the above appear only at that site, so I don't really trust it. Also, I know the 300th anniversary as the "tercentenary"; I think that's the preferred name, though both are in my dictionary. I find "quasquicentennial" in use elsewhere, but not "bicenquasquigenary," which is the one you are asking about. So I kept looking. Here's a list I think I trust more: MIStupid.com - The Online Knowledge Magazine - Anniversaries http://mistupid.com/months/annivnames.htm Year Anniversary Name 2nd Biennial 3rd Triennial 4th Quadrennial 5th Quinquennial 6th Hexennial 7th Septennial 8th Octennial 9th Novennial 10th Decennial 11th Hendecennial 12th Duodecennial 13th Tredecennial 15th Quindecennial 16th Sextodecennial 17th Septendecennial 20th Vigintennial 30th Trigentennial 40th Quadragennial 50th Quinquagenary or Jubilee 60th Sexagennial 70th Septuagennial 75th Septuagesiquintennial 80th Octogintennial 90th Nonagintennial 100th Centennial 125th Quasquicentennial 150th Sesquicentennial 175th Septaquintaquinquecentennial 200th Bicentennial 225th Quasquibicentennial 250th Semiquincentennial 300th Tercentennial 350th Semiseptcentennial 400th Quatercentenary 500th Quincentennial 600th Sexcentennial 700th Septcentennial 800th Octocentennial 1,000th Millenial 15,000th Quindecimillenial That makes this the "Quasquibicentennial" (which means, "a quarter more than 200 years"). Here is an alternative discussion I found: Naming the Anniversaries - Glenn Kersten (Reference service, Suburban Library System, Burr Ridge, Illinois) http://www.sls.lib.il.us/reference/por/features/97/annivers.html This looks the most "official" but it doesn't include 225. For the sake of repetitiveness - I mean, completeness - here's their list: The March 1988 issue of Quidnunc, erstwhile newsletter for Illinois system and R&R reference librarians, included a comprehensive though not all-inclusive list of anniversary names, many of which were verified in the Oxford English Dictionary. Below is a new list based largely on the Quidnunc list, with a few more recent additions. The abbreviations in the Authority column refer to the Random House Dictionary (RHD) and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Those without dictionary authority are listed as "Proposed." (The latter were created using Latin number forms, but cannot be considered to be official terms; they were created by individuals without consensus.) Number of Years Anniversary Name Authority --------------- ---------------- --------- 2 Biennial OED 3 Triennial OED 4 Quadrennial OED 5 Quinquennial OED 6 Hexennial Proposed 7 Septennial OED 8 Octennial OED 9 Novennial OED 10 Decennial OED 11 Hendecennial Proposed 12 Duodecennial OED 13 Tredecennial Proposed 15 Quindecennial OED 16 Sextodecennial Proposed 17 Septendecennial OED 20 Vigintennial Proposed 30 Trigentennial Proposed 40 Quadragennial OED 50 Quinquagenary or Jubilee OED 60 Sexagennial Proposed 70 Septuagennial Proposed 75 Septuagesiquintennial Proposed 80 Octogintennial Proposed 90 Nonagintennial Proposed 100 Centennial OED 125 Quasquicentennial RHD 150 Sesquicentennial OED 175 Terquasquicentennial or Septaquintaquinquecentennial Proposed 200 Bicentennial OED 250 Semiquincentennial Proposed 300 Tercentennial OED 350 Semiseptcentennial Proposed 400 Quatercentenary OED 500 Quincentennial OED 600 Sexcentennial Proposed 700 Septcentennial Proposed 800 Octocentennial OED 1,000 Millenial OED 15,000 Quindecimillenial OED It looks as if you can use any word you like for the 225th, at your own risk. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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