For a very important or significant event, no one can be blamed for being overwhelmed with emotions to the extent that one wishes such event is observed every month if not everyday.
Such was the case perhaps when many years ago a Sydney reporter for a major daily wrote (30 days after that disastrous Bali tsunami) an article which began with, “On the first month anniversary of the tsunami…” Obviously, the newspaper’s day editor missed that very embarrassing slip up.
There is no such thing as “first month anniversary” or any anniversary-related period of time other than with reference to a year. “Anniversary” is a measurement of years originating from the term “annum” or “annual”.
If an event occurs six months after the event, then this is referred to as “six months after the event” or something similar, but not “six month anniversary”.
It is also redundant, and wrong, to refer to “second anniversary” as “second year anniversary”.
We hope that with the forthcoming holidays to mark important dates in our calendar including the ANZAC Centenary, no one would write, “100 years centennial”, “100 years anniversary” or “100th year anniversary.”
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