Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Quadrennial

Quadrennial can either mean lasting for four years, or recurring every four years. That's rather confusing, isn't it? Suppose I told you I had a cake eating binge on a quadrennial basis - would that mean I stuffed myself silly for forty-eight consecutive months, or that I lasted almost four years between blow-outs?

Now you're confused over the meaning of a word which you hadn't previously even knew existed. There's no need to thank me. I do this kind of thing out the goodness of my heart.

16 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Had never come across the word before - but I do like the look of those cakes!

Fundy Blue said...

I could seriously go on a continuous quadrennial cake eating binge, especially if it was like the one your friend Liz Smith made. Have a good one!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Every four years? I could say something about our elections every four years, but I won't...

Chrys Fey said...

HAHA! Either way that's a lot of cupcakes! :P

Linda G. said...

Huh. Never heard it used in either way before this. Perhaps I'll just put it out of my mind again now. ;)

Oscar said...

I've heard the word used as every four years, which is about as often as I eat cake.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

bless your sweet heart

(in the south, over here...that expression doesn't mean what you think, either)

:O)

Patsy said...

I like the look of most cakes, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

Sh, don't tell anyone but that's how I tackle my cake eating, Fundy.

Patsy said...

Probably best not, Alex - think of your blood pressure.

Patsy said...

And cream slices, eclairs, Victoria sandwiches, buns, meringues ...

Patsy said...

Good idea, Linda. I'm sure you'll manage without that one.

Patsy said...

Really, Oscar? All the more for me then.

Patsy said...

I just looked it up, R Mac. Herrumph!

Julia said...

This was the answer to a Daily Telegraph crossword clue recently. Is that what brought it to mind?

Patsy said...

No it wasn't, Julia. I was looking something else up and spotted it.