Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Have you heard of the "brrr" months? You know ... September, October, November, and December.  Have you ever wondered why those months have the same ending?

You can thank the Romans for that.  In the Roman calender, September was the 7th month, October was the 8th, November was the 9th, and December was the 10th.  Now, let's see if you remember your Latin prefixes:
7 = sept
8 = oct
9 = non
10 = dec
  Cool, huh?  I never realized that before.  These are the valuable things I learn from naming organic compounds in chemistry.

We have twelve months now because "January" and "February" were added to the Julian calendar.  The first month of the Roman calendar was March (named after Mars, god of war.)  I propose that we use the following names to refer to the months:

March: Unicember
April: Bicember
May: Tricember
June: Quadrober or Quartcember. Maybe Quadricember? No, Quadrober sounds best
July: Quintober
August: Sectober
then September, October, November, December
January: Undecember
and February: Duodecember

Now we just need to think of better names for the days of the weeks...


ali said...

i'm glad my month is still the same :)
i think the weeks should be:

haha.... yeah....

Kathy Haynie said...

What a goof.

Besides, as Winnie-the-Pooh would tell you, the days of the week are fine. There's Windsday, for example. And Twosday. Are there others? I don't remember.