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In many instances, both "start" and "beginning" can be used as an antonym of "end". But which is better? In particular, which is better for units of time like day, week, or month?

I'm thinking of "better" in terms of etymology and accepted usage. For example, just to make something up: if "start" was of Greek origin and "end" of Latin origin, one could argue that they are not the best pairing.

(What I'm really looking for here are the "acronym antonyms" for things like EOD, EOW, EOM for end of day, week, and month. Which is better: SOD, SOW, SOM, or BOD, BOW, BOM?)

closed as primarily opinion-based by David, Andrew Leach Jan 10 at 19:55

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  • How do you classify "better"? Without that, this is an opinion poll; once you know how you classify which is better, you have your answer. – Andrew Leach Jan 10 at 19:55
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    start to finish, beginning to end. – Jim Jan 10 at 19:57
  • Like @AndrewLeach asked, can you clarify what you want by 'better'? Is it 'what people tend to say'? Is it 'what is used by software engineers'? Or what? – Mitch Jan 11 at 14:12
  • Edited. "Start" and "beginning" are sufficiently synonymous so that my audience (many of whom are, coincidentally, software engineers) will have no trouble understanding either one; I'm interested in educating myself about the etymology and grammar/usage aspects. – Dan Drake Jan 11 at 14:49
  • Considering that the original meaning of start is leap, jump, I would guess that you would consider it worse than begin. – Toothrot Apr 2 at 19:18

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