Reading old scientifical papers is hardgoing, but occasionally it makes up for it by throwing me a delightful new word..
Any guesses what “quinquennium” means?
I had no idea, but it was too good not to look up…
Turns out it’s a period of 5 years (or a 200th of a millenium :))
According to Wiktionary.org you can also say quinquenniad or quintennium.
The plural is quinquennia or quinquenniums
- (adj.): quinquennial, quintennial
- (4-year period): quadrennium
- (6-year period): sexennium
Isn’t language awesome?! 🙂
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How’s that awesome. Can I cry. We have enough words as it is haha
Love the sound of it. 🙂
WORDS! I love them, and that is an extraordinary one but I don’t picture myself usnig it-well not very often!
OOPS I just made a new word with that typing error.
A fun word indeed…perhaps it can also represent a time to stop and reflect on one’s successes…much less intimidating than doing so every decade!
Yes… perhaps – I think I (maybe we all) would be better off remembering my (our) successes more often still – in the hope that it might make me (us) feel a little bit less hopeless!
Definitely! Perhaps each evening before going to bed!
That sounds good – tricky tho… I have a less-than-great track record with routines…
Very interesting word. Can’t quite figure out how to pronounce it but it definitely is a word of power. I’ll opt for “5 years”. That rolls off the tongue a tad easier 😀
Half-decade works too 🙂 I THINK it’s kwenn-kwinn-ee-um, but since I’ve only ever read it I’m not sure if I’m right :/