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.

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

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    1. I like the look of most cakes, Rosemary.

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  2. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. Really, Oscar? All the more for me then.

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  7. bless your sweet heart

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

    :O)

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

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

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