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Monthly or bi-Monthly payment? Which of the two suits freelance writers?






Oct 15, 2012, 03:33PM | #
Due to a variety of reasons, my payments process at all different times. If anyone actually makes their living as a freelancer of any sort, budgeting and saving have got to be part of their discipline. When payments process shouldn't really matter to much, as long as it actually gets processed (and of course, a six-month timeline or something like that would be ridiculous).


Oct 16, 2012, 03:43PM | #
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bimonthly can mean getting paid every two months

It not only can mean that, it does mean that. Anyone who uses it to mean anything else is using it incorrectly.


Oct 17, 2012, 12:32PM | #
Really? Where is the debate? "Semimonthly" means "half-monthly" (therefore twice a month), and "bimonthly" means "two monthly" (or once every two months). This is etymology, not a subjective interpretation of meaning.


Oct 18, 2012, 10:51AM | #
As someone in the comments section of that article quickly pointed out, the use of "bimonthly" to mean "twice a month" has no etymological basis whatsoever and is the result of modern grammarians deciding that a frequent incorrect usage warrants a change in definition. It's like the fact that "literally" can now be defined as "Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling." It's bullshit arising from laziness and inaccuracy.



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