'First Anniversary' Is OK; 'One-year Anniversary' Is Not : Memmos Save yourself some emails from Latin teachers: get references to anniversaries right.
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'First Anniversary' Is OK; 'One-year Anniversary' Is Not

We are not coming to the "one-year anniversary" of the Women's March. It will be the "first anniversary."

How's that?

The word "anniversary" has its roots in the Latin word annus, or "miraculous year." That makes saying "one-year anniversary" redundant. We don't like redundancies. (You may recall the earlier warning about "redundant acronym syndrome.")

If you feel the need to remind the audience that the Women's March was one year ago, you can simply say it's the "first anniversary."

‘Memmos’

Memmott’s Missives & Musings Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes occasional notes about the issues journalists encounter and the way NPR handles them. They often expand on topics covered in the Ethics Handbook.

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