“And at the half, your score: Northwestern 30, Wisconsin 11.”
It could be that I was talking about the middle of a sporting event, where there may be entertainment on the field, or it may just be a chance for fans in the stands to stretch, use the restroom, get more concessions, or what not. That would be the case given that I have used the name of the post as two words as in Association football (soccer). However, I will instead consider something else.
When I was younger, I would often present my age during the first half of each calendar year as “n and a half years old.” Because my birthday is July 3, this implies that January 3 (i.e. today) is my “half-birthday.”
I never had any sort of celebration for my half-birthday, other than just recognizing the date for what it was. However, I heard of some kids at school getting small-scale “half-birthday” parties from their parents.
It brings up an interesting point–people tend to change the important milestones with which to quote someone’s age in everyday vernacular. When a person is a baby, their age is often quoted as “newborn,” “n weeks”, or “m months.” It is probably like that until two or three years old, and then some people will say the age in years, but others will also include half-years, maybe until the age hits double-digit years.
I would definitely have said “I’m eight and a half years old” back in my childhood, but I would not say “I’m twenty-seven and a half years old” today. Yet, if I were written up for something in the Guinness Book of World Records, the age is given in terms of years and days. That does make sense, since a year is not sufficiently resolved for cases of record-young or record-old.
Are there any other anniversaries which people tend to celebrate on a semi-annual or even more frequent basis?
Today is the three-hundred and seventieth day of Mission 441. Seventy-one days remain.