Why is “-ber” the suffix of the last four months of the year?

September October November December Presumably something Latin, but my (admittedly brief) search sees only mention of the number-based root words. More specifically, what does “-ber” mean? Answer From Etymonline: The -ber in four Latin month names is probably from -bris, an adjectival suffix. Tucker thinks that the first five months were named for their positions … Read more

Is there an adverb for “on working days only”

I am writing (yet another) calendar software which should also support recurrent entries/events, i.e. entries that repeat in certain intervals. So far I have: “daily” – happens every day “weekly” – happens once every week “biweekly” – happens every other week “monthly” – happens once per month Is there any similar short adverb for event … Read more

Correct preposition for dates written YYYY-MM-DD

What is the correct preposition when writing dates in the numerical format YYYY-MM-DD? I would argue that there are two possibilities, “on” or no preposition at all, but then again I’m not a native English speaker. So which if these would you consider (most) correct: “The experiemnt was carried out on 2019-05-21.” or “The experiemnt … Read more

Usage of en dash in a CV

I write the date in my résumé in the following format: 7/2017–present 4/2015–6/2017 8/2010–3/2015 Is this the right way to do it? I am asking because I also saw the following notation: 7/2017 – present 4/2015–6/2017 8/2010–3/2015 This notation doesn’t seem to be consistent. But since the “en dash” can be interpreted as “to” the … Read more

Shortest date abbreviation recommended by CMOS

What’s the shortest abbreviation for a full date (day, month, and year) recommended by the Chicago Manual of Style? I know CMOS recommends against all-numeral dates, so I’d rather not use those. (I know that it says that, when absolutely required, one should follow the ISO standard: “YYYY-MM-DD”.) I’ve seen it recommend “Mon. D, YYYY” … Read more