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To change the subject slightly,
where did the "six month anniversary" come from?
It must have been discussed before.
I don't know when they use of "aniversary" to mean a date a particular
time after an event, started.
It is obviously an extension of the original use of the word meaning a
day which has the same date as the event.
An anniversary is often thought of as a commemoration as well as a date.
There is no obvious English word for the date
"n months/weeks/days/minutes after an event" so "anniversary seems to
have been coopted to serve as such with the time period explicitly
stated. That is used so often that it is sometimes necessary for a real,
i.e. annual, anniversary to be qualified by a mention of years or
This was published in 1972:
The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America
In those regulations the phrase "annual anniversary" is used to mean
"anniversary" in its original sense.
There are other uses as "annual anniversary" such as this:
Texas Hill Country Furniture & Merchantile
16th Annual Anniversary Celebration
I assume that implies that the celebration is held annually on the
anniversary. Not all anniversaries are celebrated every year.
Peter Duncanson, UK