Eric Meyer
February 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The balloon coloring and tail-pointing seems like it’s switched around in the penultimate panel.

February 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You link to the definition of “biannual” leaves a lot to be desired. Essentially, it’s wrong. Biannual is every two years; SEMI-annual is twice a year. Here’s a link to an English major’s site on the bi- vs semi- issue:

Bernie H.
February 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm

@Eric: Actually that was supposed to be the other cop (his partner) in that panel, but yeah, I was afraid that wasn’t clear at all. Especially since, you know, they look exactly the same. I fixed it so that we’re on this one cop the whole time. Thanks…

February 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm

At every job I’ve ever had, I was paid biweekly–meaning every other week. Definitely like using semiannual for “twice a year,” since it implies “every half year”

Bernie H.
February 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Meanwhile, this guy says that bi-annual means semi-annual and you’re wrong to think otherwise: Just sayin’

Bernie H.
February 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

February 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

There must be a word for “beginning of the end.” Go for it, Latin geeks.

February 10, 2010 at 2:11 am

I love it when you get all language nerdy.

February 10, 2010 at 6:18 am

In portuguese is pretty common to use word constructions like the ultimate/penultimate/antepenultimate thing.

February 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

Tsk. Twice a year is biennial… Then again I’m British and work with an American so I’m used to having to correct the (ab)use of the English language.

February 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

Language is great!!! :-D

As mentioned:

Biannual = Twice in one year.
Biennial = One every two years.

Meanwhile, while both we and the cops argue about this… Abe and Preston are escaping!!! :-D

Cunning, Bernie…. very cunning!!! ;-)

Eric Meyer
February 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

Ohhhh, I get it now. Yeah, I completely missed the environmental cues that the penultimate panel’s policeman was the partner on the other end of the line. Now I feel kinda dumb and want to say sorry back.

Neil (AoD)
February 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hmm, I could do another Bi joke, but its just too easy at this point. On a related issue though, who can tell me what Di-hydrogen monoxide is, and why it would be related to this whole Bi / semi confusion… :D

February 12, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Gosh I loved that. Not so much the comic (it was funny though), but the comment. That’s crazy how that works. I’ve gotta try that in my comic someday. Don’t know how, or when, in fact I’ll probably forget to use preantepenultimate, but I love it. I love it a lot.

February 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

Di-hydrogen monoxide… “That sounds like water”, was my first thought. I didn’t do well in science lessons at school, so I’d not really know.

My logic began with “2 hydrogen, 1 oxygen” and ended here:
Very cool!!!!!

Steven Campbell
February 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I think we should use bi-monthly and bi-annual for meaning every 2 months and every 2 years, respectively, because we already have “twice monthly” and “twice annually.” It would eliminate a lot of confusion, I think.

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