I have a pet peeve.
(Okay, okay… I have a lot of pet peeves… but this is a BIG one.)
You can’t have a first annual anything.
This pet peeve is something I see at least once a week in a press release, on a Facebook event, or on a website. It’s not technically incorrect, but it’s not preferred.
If something is in its first year, it can’t logically be referred to as the first annual.
The word annual implies the event is yearly.
If the event is in its first year, it can’t be yearly because it hasn’t happened prior to this year. For something to be annual, it needs to happen more than once.
Alternatives to first annual:
Example: Maria Satira’s Inaugural Writing Seminar
Example: Maria Satira’s First Writing Seminar
When to use annual:
Once the second year rolls around, then you can start to use annual in the title.
Example: Maria Satira’s Second Annual Writing Seminar
PS. If you were wondering... there isn't an actual Maria Satira writing seminar event.
... at least not yet ;)
Maria Satira is a full-time communications director, small business owner, blogger, freelance writer, and content creator. She loves sarcasm, rescue dogs, and red wine. She despises bland food, poor grammar, and litterbugs.