months and anniversaries
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So, for some odd reason one of the resources for my print production class has a list of anniversaries and what they're called.
This caught my eye:

7th Septennial
8th Octennial
9th Novennial
10th Decennial

This first made me think that whoever it was coming up with the names of the months was running out of ideas near the end there. It then made me think that, by the number names, those months are named wrong.

Just an utterly random thing. I had to get it out of my head.


Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:13 AM


HUGS Rose... hey look knowledge:)
Hope your week is going well

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:34 PM


I guess they spent all the money and killed all their personal enemies so up next was the calendar. Silly emperors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:10 AM


I knew octo was "eight" and knew deca was "ten" but since most months don't have number-related names I hadn't really pondered that until I saw it all lined up in a pretty little row.
Changing the calendar year around doesn't make any sense. Aren't there better ways to abuse power?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:06 AM


See, they all makes sense to me except for the 'Novennial' one. Octennial is 8, like how an octagon has 8 sides. Septennial is 7 because it is :P and Decennial is like dec as in decathlon .. which has 10 sports in it. Also, I think Sept = 7, Oct = 8, Dec = 10 (and maybe Nov = 9) in an old language - maybe latin?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:30 AM


We learned about that back in school when some of us finally asked our teacher why September was the ninth month. I was more concerned about December being related to 10. By middle school we knew enough about foreign languages and math to put Sept with 7 and it just didn't make any sense.

PhyreLight is right about March. Crazy egotistical rulers like to play with the calendar.

January became the first month and is named after the god Janus who can see both before and behind himself because he has two faces. He made a good choice to usher in the changing year. It came after the Februa fertility festival time (they got switched at some point). Brits and their colonies still used the March/April New Year even after Gregory made his changes. July for Julius and August for Augustus...too many changes to note. You could write a book about all of them.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:05 AM


Fascinating! Thanks, Phyre! :D
*learned something today*

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:01 AM


I heard once that March 1st was originally the first day of the year, thus making January and February the 11th and 12th months, respectively. When the Gregorian calendar was made, they moved New Years Day to January 1st.


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