Sunday, December 12, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Anniversary.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary anniversary is "the date on which an event, such as a wedding, occurred in some previous year", for example, 25th anniversary (like Mario Bros in this pic).

Anniversary derives from Latin anniversarius, meaning "returning annually", from annus "year" + versus "to turn".

With the root annus we have words such as annual biannual, semiannual or biennium.
With the root versus, inversion, universe or versatile.


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