In my descriptions of the runes, I have been using the term “fortnight,” without appreciating that it is an archaic word not much used in America. Sorry ’bout that.

A fortnight is a unit of time equal to 14 days (2 weeks). The word derives from the Old English fēowertyne niht, meaning “fourteen nights“.

Fortnight and fortnightly are commonly-used words elsewhere in the English-speaking world, where some wages, salaries and social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis—except in North America, where it is rare outside of some Canadian regions and insular traditional communities such as the Amish in the US.

In astronomy, a fortnight is half a synodic month, the mean average time between a full moon and a new moon (and vice versa). This is equal to 14.77 days.

In the Hindu calendar this period is called a Paksha and consists of 15 Tithi, or lunar days of 18 to 26 hours.


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