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Old 05-11-2020, 12:26 PM   #1
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Default GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars - Maintenance

On page 175, under the section "Maintenance," it says that ship maintenance occurs "biweekly." The word "biweekly" is ambiguous in English--do they mean twice a week, or once every two weeks?
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Old 05-11-2020, 12:41 PM   #2
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Biweekly is every two weeks. Twice a week would be semi-weekly.
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:20 PM   #3
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The OP is correct in that actual usage of "biweekly" is ambiguous. The "bi-" prefix, meaning two, might mean every two weeks. It also might be two times per week. I know I've seen it used both ways.

Both senses even make it into the dictionary definitions, frex:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly

If you really want to be unambiguous, semi-weekly is good, but you'll have to pair it with "fortnightly", which will earn you even more strange looks than using "biweekly" to mean "twice per week".

Historically, Traveller ship schedules revolved around a granularity of a week. A week to jump, a week to land/load/do business/load/return to jump point -- even though actually doing the math and rolling the variation in jump time might put you off a day or two here or there. So the "every two weeks" sense is likely.

In this case, the context is also specifically that for the Maintenance Disas (B143). In the description for that Disad, twice per week isn't a Maintenance frequency (though every other day is), and "Bi-weekly" appears in the maintenance interval chart between "weekly" and "monthly".
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:54 PM   #4
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Historically, Traveller ship schedules revolved around a granularity of a week. A week to jump, a week to land/load/do business/load/return to jump point -- even though actually doing the math and rolling the variation in jump time might put you off a day or two here or there. So the "every two weeks" sense is likely.
You answered my question spot on. Thank you!

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In this case, the context is also specifically that for the Maintenance Disas (B143). In the description for that Disad, twice per week isn't a Maintenance frequency (though every other day is), and "Bi-weekly" appears in the maintenance interval chart between "weekly" and "monthly".
English shortcomings notwithstanding, this establishes precedent that the GURPS authors use "biweekly" to mean fortnightly. Excellent reference, Anaraxes. All misgivings resolved!
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