Fortnight

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A fortnight is a unit of measurement of time equal to two weeks: that is 14 days, or literally 14 nights. The term is most commonly used in British English. It derives from the Old English feowertiene niht, meaning "fourteen nights".

Breakdowns

  • 1 fortnight = 2 sennights (or two weeks)
  • 1 fortnight = 336 hours
  • 1 fortnight = 20,160 minutes
  • 1 fortnight = 1,209,600 seconds

Nonsense usages

In the VMS operating system, some configuration parameters are specified in microfortnights (one millionth of a fortnight, or approximately 1.2096 seconds). Millifortnights (about 20 minutes) and nanofortnights (1.2096 milliseconds) have also been used occasionally in computer science, usually in an attempt to be deliberately over-complex and obscure. The aim is generally to slow users down, allowing them to set parameters only after some thought.

One attoparsec per microfortnight approximately equals one inch per second. The actual figure is approximately 1.00432766 inches per second.

The speed unit of one Furlong per Fortnight is a barely noticeable 0.166 millimetres per second.es:Quincena

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