Some­one recent­ly came to my blog with the fol­low­ing query: one year rela­tion call anniver­sary, what do call two years rela­tion­ship?

The search result brought them to my blog post on what to call month­ly anniver­saries, but I thought I’d take a moment to direct­ly answer the ques­tion.

As the read­er cor­rect­ly point­ed out, one uses the word anniver­sary to refer to the pass­ing of the first year of a rela­tion­ship. How­ev­er, anniver­sary can be used regard­less of how many years you’ve been in the rela­tion­ship — 2 years, 10 years, 50 years; it doesn’t mat­ter.

That being said, if you want to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between a one-year rela­tion­ship and a two-year rela­tion­ship, then just refer to the two-year rela­tion­ship as sec­ond anniver­sary. And like­wise for sub­se­quent years (3 years becomes third anniver­sary, 4 years becomes fourth anniver­sary, and so on).

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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