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Subject: Latin term; 125th anniversary
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: rabbitt-ga
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Posted: 06 Sep 2002 11:37 PDT
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Question ID: 62334
What is the Latin term for a 125th anniversary?
Subject: Re: Latin term; 125th anniversary
Answered By: voila-ga on 06 Sep 2002 12:32 PDT
Greetings rabbitt,

The word you're looking for is "quasquicentennial," although it may
not have found its way into every dictionary yet, according to this

"In addition to "centennial" and "millennial", normally used for the
100th and 1000th anniversaries of events, one may add the series of
Latin prefixes for 2 through 9 above to either word to indicate 200th
through 900th (or, more rarely, 2000th through 9000th) anniversaries.
But some people can't wait 100 years to celebrate. In North America in
the late 19th century, when many cities, churches, etc., were over 100
years old but not yet 200, the term sesquicentennial (150th
anniversary) was coined (from Latin sesqui-, of the ratio of 3 to 2).
Even fifty years was too long for Delavan County, Illinois, whose
leaders consulted Funk and Wagnall's in 1962 for a word for a 125th
anniversary, and were told that quasquicentennial, an irregular
formation from Latin quadrans, one-quarter, might do, but that it
wouldn't get into the dictionary until it became more regular. It's
now in the Oxford English Dictionary, and has been used quite a few
times since, mainly in the American Midwest."

Here's a confirmation at "information please":

Also, if you're looking towards the future, you might be interested in
these Latin anniversary terms as well:

Thanks so much for the interesting question today.  May we all live to
enjoy our own quasquicentennial one day, medical science and God

Search terms:
latin numbers+anniversary

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 06 Sep 2002 12:49 PDT
Also, there's the option of using "terquasquicentennial" which sounds
suspiciously like 100-year-old turquiose instead.  You decide.  ;-)

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 06 Sep 2002 13:46 PDT
Yes, indeedie, websearcher is correct.  Here's a more straightforward
chart from Dr. Math.

Apologies to turquoise-speaking people everywhere and many thanks to
websearcher for keeping me on the straight and narrow. ;-)

Subject: Re: Latin term; 125th anniversary
From: websearcher-ga on 06 Sep 2002 12:58 PDT
Actually, isn't "terquasquicentennial" for 175th anniversaries???

Naming the Anniversaries


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