They really ought to know better

For some time, there has been an Americanism that’s been slowly but steadily infecting our language.

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Can you spot it?

For some reason, the meaning of the word “anniversary” has been lost while travelling across the Atlantic Ocean. The fact that the advertising company for the Historic Royal Palaces got it wrong—never mind no-one at the HRP spotted it—gives me cause for concern.

I blame Americans for this idiocy. We gifted them a language, and they have been subverting is ever since. I can forgive some language shifts, but trumpeting a 300 year anniversary really annoys me.

It ought to be 300th anniversary. Or 300 years since a German took the throne in England. Not a 300 year anniversary. Anniversary means “returning yearly”. It’s in the word. What the Americans have given us is a tautology.

Rant over… for now.

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