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Why Is April Called “April”? The Answer Is a Mystery!

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Mark Twain once wrote: “This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”  Twain is referring to the first day of April or, as it has come to be known as, April Fool’s Day. While the first day of the fourth month of the year is certain to bring shenanigans and tomfoolery, what is not so certain is the origin of the month’s name.

Prior to the addition of January and February by King Numa Pompilius around 700 BC, April was the second month of the Roman calendar year – March being the first. Around 450 BC, April slipped into the fourth slot and assigned 29 days. With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar by pope Gregory XIIII in 1582, an extra day was added and thus ‘30 days hath April.’

Though April’s derivation is not certain, a common theory is that the name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” – perhaps a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees, a common occurrence throughout the month of April. Another theory holds that since months are often named for gods and goddess and since Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,” one can surmise that the month was named for the Greek goddess of love, whom the Romans called Venus.

Around the 5th century AD, the Anglo-Saxons referred to the month of April as Oster-monath or Eostre-monath, a reference to the goddess Eostre, whose feast occurred during this month. The Venerable Bede, a monk from the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter, believed this gave root to the word Easter – most often observed during the month of April.

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303 Comments

  1. inappropriate -  April 24, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    COOL!

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  2. I like Turtlezz -  April 23, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Aphrodite is the goddess of love of course but still the planet second to our star is named after her.The planet venus shows no beauty what so ever also I think that this article is incorrect

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    • Incognitio -  April 24, 2014 - 7:16 pm

      thats what your basing your theroy off of? really

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    • Bernadette -  May 7, 2014 - 9:36 am

      Actually, the second planet is quite beautiful when viewed by the unaided eye. It’s the second brightest object in the night sky (the first being the Moon, obviously). I’ve heard it appears a beautiful bright blue. However, I also agree with the other commenter: that is really a childish reason for determine that the article is incorrect. Before you make such determined judgments about something, I suggest you do a little research to confirm your assumption. Your opinion does not constitute evidence.

      From Wikipedia:
      Venus was known to ancient civilizations both as the “morning star” and as the “evening star”, names that reflect the early understanding that these were two separate objects. The Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa, dated 1581 BCE, shows the Babylonians understood the two were a single object, referred to in the tablet as the “bright queen of the sky”, and could support this view with detailed observations.[98] The Greeks thought of the two as separate stars, Phosphorus and Hesperus, until the time of Pythagoras in the sixth century BC.[99] The Romans designated the morning aspect of Venus as Lucifer, literally “Light-Bringer”, and the evening aspect as Vesper, both literal translations of the respective Greek names.

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    • Cody -  May 9, 2014 - 7:41 am

      Actually, turtle, Venus is more than goddess of beauty. Do your research.

      And like Bernadette suggested: Venus – the planet – actually is quite a nice thing to look at, unless you don’t like looking in to the night sky. Maybe it is more you don’t know where to look to see it? Or maybe you’ve never been able to determine if what you’re looking at is Venus or the moon or something else? Can you also not find Orion’s Belt? My guess is you cannot.

      And you know what the most amusing part of your nonsense is? Aphrodite is Greek and Venus is Roman and they are the counterparts of each other. Your ignorance is hysterical.

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    • Russ -  June 14, 2014 - 7:44 am

      It is absolutely correct. These are not assumptions, this is an accurate description of this month. Every day of the week is named after a God. Our entire calendar is named after false gods.

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  3. iamGirlpower690Imaboy -  April 22, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    yayayaayyadyyadyyadyya Paulina is right

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  4. Paulina -  April 22, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    And because when April comes, Aphrodite helps Persephone to make sprin all fresh and beautiful
    () ()
    (^-^)
    o here is a cookie

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  5. jaki -  April 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    this article is wrong. april the month is names after the teenage mutant ninja turtles character April the reporter and this has been verified by the producers of the show and the writers of Greggorian Calender

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    • bob -  April 24, 2014 - 3:53 pm

      dude, April was called April before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was even thought of, get off of the TV and think. -.-

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      • jaki -  May 9, 2014 - 6:01 pm

        no, you in fact are the idot for refuting first hand evidence. julius caesar (who named the month julyus –> now “july”) said himself he loves teenage mutant nijna turtles. the month was invented shortly afterwards

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    • Iop -  April 28, 2014 - 11:38 am

      Idiot

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  6. briiiiiiloveshannah -  April 16, 2014 - 8:44 am

    hey

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    • vgunnels -  April 21, 2014 - 6:20 am

      hey

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  7. Jeovanni -  April 16, 2014 - 7:42 am

    my birthday is today 4/16

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  8. Maria -  April 15, 2014 - 5:29 am

    This is kinda cool, I have a friend who REALLY likes the greek gods and stuff. I bet she would like this…

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  9. Jay -  April 14, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    ’cause that’s her Greek name

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  10. Jay -  April 14, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    What the?

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  11. flieger -  April 14, 2014 - 4:31 am

    Why would the Romans name the month after Aphrodite if they called her Venus?

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    • Douekos -  April 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

      That was my question. I have a feeling they mentioned that just to cast doubt on the idea and, like you, I’m inclined to agree it probably wasn’t named after Aphrodite/Venus.

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      • Tanya -  April 14, 2014 - 5:16 pm

        Because Aphrodite was the godess of love and beauty, and April is when flowers open up and beauty is made.

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        • ruddesmoke -  April 22, 2014 - 8:13 am

          It is well known that Spring brings the “birds and the bees”… hence the Goddess of Love becomes active

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    • Paulina -  April 22, 2014 - 8:48 pm

      Because the ‘gods’ told them to do it by and combinding both names

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    • Scyphi -  April 23, 2014 - 9:53 am

      Dunno, but since the early Roman calendars were likely modeled off of preceding Greek calenders, that might account for it (remember, the Romans borrowed (or ripped off, depending on how you look at it) from the Greeks all the time).

      Though, in skimming through a list of several iterations of Greek month names (it varied upon the time and region apparently) nothing really jumped out at me as being even close to “April,” so I dunno. Evidence does seem to suggest that it’s likely a Roman/Medieval invention. We just aren’t clear on the hows and whys.

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      • Bernadette -  May 7, 2014 - 9:41 am

        It might be in reference to something Etruscan. I don’t know enough about Etruscan mythology, but it could be something now forgotten. Everyone always neglects to mention the poor Etruscans. smh

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    • Suranjan -  April 24, 2014 - 2:52 am

      The greeks named the month after aphrodite … the roman name is only a reference

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      • Nope -  April 26, 2014 - 12:27 am

        I think the Egyptians have kept this name.

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    • Ernest H. -  May 7, 2014 - 7:31 pm

      From what I understand, the Romans originally had a vastly different culture than the Greeks. However, they started to adopt similarities in culture and religion, and began to regard their deities as similar. Mix in language roots, and you had a reference to Aphrodite’s name.We’ll call this reference the in-between word. As the language and culture spread, English speakers mixed in the in-between word to create the lovely phrase April.
      Mainly, this is just me inferring, and I have no guaranteed way of knowing this in between word even existed, or if it had other influences mixed in. It’s an interesting discussion point though.

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    • Dale Little -  May 8, 2014 - 7:45 am

      An excellent resource is a book by a friend of mine, Steven Merrill. “Nimrod, Darkness in the Cradle of Civilation” traces the origen of all the ancient false gods and goddesses to Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. Different cultures used different names to refer to the same gods and goddesses that originally referred to Nimrod and his wife Semiramis. Semiramis deified Nimrod after his death and the ancient Babylonians revered him as Marduk but different cultures adapted the name to their languages. Egyptians used the name Osiris.

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  12. hanna -  April 12, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    im sorry itdidnt wok out motherfucker

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  13. @briannalachelle -  April 10, 2014 - 3:37 pm

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    • hanna -  April 12, 2014 - 2:07 pm

      I hate you! stay out my life!

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    • Cody -  May 9, 2014 - 8:39 am

      “this is for hanna to reply only.”

      So now that I’ve responded too, what are you going to do about it? (In other words: a public thread or indeed a public venue is hardly going to always be just two people. Nice try though).

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  14. @briannalachelle -  April 10, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    you should follow me on instagram! @briannalachelle

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  15. bnymn -  April 9, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    @@

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    • thomas -  April 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

      April is called April because of a Greek god (who’s name I cant remember) they made the calendar after the time gods were dead they named April after her.

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  16. Robert -  April 9, 2014 - 7:45 am

    The explanation that April springs from the Latin word Aprilis, meaning “open” makes sense to me. Looking at other languages, April also seems to stem from the word for “open”:

    In Spain, “abierto” means open, and the month is “Abril.
    In Portuguese, “abrir” is the word for open, the month is also “Abril”.
    In France, they say “ouvrir” to open, and the month is called “Avril”.
    These are romantic languages that have their origins in Latin.

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  17. yolo -  April 8, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Its a good definition indeed

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  18. theBaron -  April 8, 2014 - 9:31 am

    I think the explanation that it derives from the Latin aperire is most likely, given the month’s place in the calendar. I don’t think it’s as likely to derive from Aphrodite, because the Romans would have been more likely to use Venus, if they had named a month after the goddess. “March” wasn’t named after Ares, after all.

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  19. Hamza -  April 7, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Well , that was very healthy information :) Thanks Staff ….. You Deserve Claps :)

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    • @briannalachelle -  April 10, 2014 - 3:25 pm

      what does that mean?

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  20. Robert C. Visconti -  April 7, 2014 - 7:31 am

    This is a comment on Dictionary.com:
    When I was a student, dealing with a teacher’s request to define a word, we were prohibited from using a diminutive of the word, itself, to define it. Very often Dictionary Reference will use three levels of diminutives of the word, whose meaning was requested, not only to define it, but to define the diminutives, themselves. I discovered a round robin where a requested definition was answered with a diminutive of the word. A request to define that word was answered with another, different diminutive, and a request to define that diminutive yielded the original word, itself. In that instance, you were absolutely no help. I’d tell you the word I wanted the definition of, but it’s been a while, and I don’t remember. I’m telling you that when a definition is requested, we aren’t asking for closely related diminutives. They do no good.

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    • Anon Y. Mouse -  April 7, 2014 - 1:57 pm

      I definetely agree! It takes forever to get a solid definition instead of diminutives. Please fix it!

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    • Low Jason -  April 8, 2014 - 6:27 am

      well, robert, you do not get what you want all the times, besides, if you want a very good website that is very amazing in these types of situations, well, make one yourself and stop complaining and your statement also shows how the world has changed in terms of academic-wise.

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      • not -  April 8, 2014 - 9:23 am

        not

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      • Doge -  April 9, 2014 - 6:04 am

        Much grammar. Very irony.

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        • ben derisgreat -  April 11, 2014 - 12:02 am

          you need grammar

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    • yolo -  April 8, 2014 - 6:41 pm

      Umm dude if you want to correct somebody GO CORRECT YOURSELF!! Don’t rag on this website. Its a good website and it provides good definitions.

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  21. Ily -  April 5, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Well this is indeed interesting, My language is a latin one and I sumrise that April comes from the latin verb to open. Seems to be the best explanation.

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    • yolo -  April 8, 2014 - 6:42 pm

      I completely agree with you.

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  22. Paul Cuadrado -  April 4, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Okay, we cannot agree on the etymology of April. Yet we must all agree that Mark Twain was quite a wordsmith and a comic genius.

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    • kaaaaa -  April 5, 2014 - 3:15 pm

      kaaaaaaaa!

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  23. briiiiiloveshannah -  April 3, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    hello Hannah are you here

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    • briiiiiloveshannah -  April 3, 2014 - 3:01 pm

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      • poopie123 -  April 10, 2014 - 3:44 pm

        i see you

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        • briiiiiiloveshannah -  April 16, 2014 - 8:40 am

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  24. Marc Starwarcher -  April 3, 2014 - 11:43 am

    In addition to all the above, it was confirmation to early man, that the world WAS orderly, that it DID obey its basic premises, that stuff just didn’t happen arbitrarily, but followed consistent principles and thus Science was able to grow. For it
    is a growing plant, an orderly root and stem upon which everything else (read modern civilization) depends and branches out from. For She is our Mother, an she’s ain’t insane.

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  25. William Wecg -  April 2, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    cool but who cares

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  26. Rene -  April 2, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    I couldn’t tell ya…. I only know August…..

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    • ana -  April 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

      me too and i also know September

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  27. non of yhur buiseness -  April 2, 2014 - 9:28 am

    its cause of a god .-.

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    • George Halkifstern -  April 3, 2014 - 7:44 am

      -_- no, its not…

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  29. longlivenothing -  May 14, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    no were african

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  30. coyote -  May 14, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    are you all american?

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    • Katom152 -  April 1, 2014 - 9:21 pm

      Are you an Idiot? What the hell does it matter?

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      • pigstie -  April 3, 2014 - 7:59 am

        no

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      • Cody -  May 9, 2014 - 8:42 am

        I think he was inquiring about are you all idiots. Of course, you could substitute American with any number of populations, organisations, … Either way, you answered that question for him by asking the same thing. Congratulations!

        Whether it matters or not is irrelevant, that much is true, but that is besides the point.

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  31. trollingbeast101 -  April 30, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    This is such an interesting fact

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    • briiiiiloveshannah -  April 3, 2014 - 2:51 pm

      wow it is interesting. this man was very smart.

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  32. trollingbeast101 -  April 30, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    This is so LOL

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  33. inv -  April 30, 2013 - 8:41 am

    this is interesting :P

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  34. Aprillover -  April 30, 2013 - 6:47 am

    My birthday is today! the 30th! and my name is April! APRIL iS BOSS

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  35. hotshot -  April 29, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    you are not cool barbie

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  36. SkythekidRS -  April 29, 2013 - 6:50 am

    It’s not April fool’s day. Butter haters.

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  37. Barbie -  April 29, 2013 - 6:35 am

    I am so cool :D

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  38. riley -  April 29, 2013 - 3:45 am

    i like april because the birthstone is diamond, a very presious stone which is used for many,many things my b-day falls on the 19th

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  39. Autumn -  April 28, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    This is very interesting to read. My sister’s name is April and now she is researching all she can to find out how her name got started. I’m kinda curious to find out when the season of fall was first called Autumn.

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  40. Katrina -  April 27, 2013 - 3:25 am

    @Boswell

    Your comment amuses me and I’m sorry that you beat me to it. However, though I know you were kidding, you shouldn’t kill yourself. After all, there is some intelligent life on this planet, but if you do plan to leave the planet, you should at least invite all the intelligent people to come with you.

    @Dictionary.com

    An updated April blog would be nice. All things considered, there have been a few theories posted here that would make lovely implementations to a newer entry. Two years is a long time to go without introducing notions from others.
    Since I saw posts about the Gregorian calendar, I thought it would be nice to mention that there are 11 days missing from September in 1752. Just planting a seed for research there.

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  41. April -  April 26, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    omg. my name is april too and my birthday is on april27! which is tomorrow. i think im lucky for myself

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  42. BOB -  April 26, 2013 - 4:05 pm

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  43. BOB -  April 26, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    hi

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  44. Ajius -  April 26, 2013 - 7:32 am

    April is derived from the ancient Etruscan – Apru – and thus is Etruscan for the goddess Aphrodite. Borrowed into Latin as Aprilis.

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  45. satkomuni -  April 25, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    The Gaelic explanation seems very plausible; can anyone validate it? Perhaps it was a joke…

    Boswell, before you pack up for extraterrestrial adventures, you might consider that 1) people all over the world use English as a second language and this website is an English language-based learning & reference resource used by many non-native speakers, and 2) lots of parents out there give four-, five-, six-year-old kids access to the internet in some form, so that many children know how to type before they know how to spell.

    Talking to people on the internet is just like doing so in real life, except that you don’t know who you’re talking to, or what their emotional state is unless they add emoticons. Be nice.

    ….Come to think of it, we don’t always know whom we’re talking to in real life, either. Yes; be nice.

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  46. cool juice -  April 25, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    i am rampages evil brother evil juice jk i am the same guy who wrote the comment ”this story was very interesting and december is the best month” anyway nice story. owe, and boswell or who ever wrote that comment, QUIT YOUR JIBBERISH about what planet do we live on, thats not funny and your not funny. so stop boswell for the last time your not funny!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. chazzybird -  April 25, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    Good to know even though my birthday is in July.

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  48. Boswell -  April 25, 2013 - 5:18 am

    Omg guyzz, dis article waz rited about me because i was birfed in may witch iz just after apriI!!!!1 lolololololol

    Seriously, I wandered into the comments section hoping for some meaningful discourse, this being a language based website…. Now I feel like killing myself. Has humanity come to this? Seriously? There must be at least fifty people wishing themselves a happy birthday, 20 incredibly unimaginative prank ideas, most of them posted on the 2nd or after, and the rest seem to be amazed how easy it is to smash their face into the keyboard to make black squiggles appear on the screen. The best use of the English language is by a 12 year old girl, and I only know she was twelve at the time because she mentioned it was her birthday.

    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

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  49. allan paul adona -  April 24, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    I was born on April 01, 1984. My friends and colleagues always say “No wonder why you’re like that”. LOL!

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  50. coolbot101 -  April 23, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    that is very cool. You have changed the way I think about April.

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  51. Rachel -  April 23, 2013 - 10:31 am

    same here
    :) x

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  52. mckenna -  April 23, 2013 - 8:37 am

    why is april called april i want to know

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  53. WINGWINGWING HERRO -  April 22, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    My Birthday is on April 24

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  54. Rampage -  April 22, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    This story was very interesting and December is the best month ever whoooooo!!!!!!

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  55. Carl -  April 22, 2013 - 10:30 am

    enlightening!

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  56. April Joy -  April 22, 2013 - 8:06 am

    MY NAME IS APRIL.

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  57. mememe -  April 20, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    whenever i tell someone about my birthday they never believe me (my birthday is on April 1st).

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  58. tahu -  April 19, 2013 - 6:07 am

    what is this? I don’t know.

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  59. pragati -  April 19, 2013 - 12:04 am

    nice to know thanks for this ,because my teacher asked me to find why april is known as april?thanks a lot…………………….

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  60. loltuttifruitti -  April 18, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    April sucks July ROCKS!!!!!!!!

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  61. Laila Sabha -  April 18, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    The information is weird, and sorta hard to understand. But anyway, my bday is tomorrow. ( see comment above)

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  62. CAD -  April 17, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    My daddy’s birthday was on April 2nd! :)

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  63. APRIL -  April 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    I LOVE YOU ALL!

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  64. APRIL -  April 17, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    yOU PEOPLE THINK YOUR SO COOL…MY BIRTHDAY IS aPRIL AND MY NAME IS APRIL BEAT THAT!

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  65. sahand -  April 17, 2013 - 6:08 am

    thanks

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  66. Len Kagamine -  April 17, 2013 - 3:48 am

    December is the best month!!!!!!!!!

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  67. jadah -  April 16, 2013 - 8:32 am

    I did not get fooledon april fools day becouse i fooled other people
    my friend fooled my sister by putting afake aligater by the door i took pics it was amazing

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  68. Abrar Nasir -  April 15, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Quelqu’un peut me dire quelque vraiment cool Avril fous blague? Je veux le faire sur quelqu’un et voir ce qu’ils en pensent.

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  69. October, February, and April are unlucky months -  April 14, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    My math teacher’s birthday is April 6, and she likes to spread her birthday parties all over April :) And her name is April.(such a nice name!)

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  70. vz -  April 14, 2013 - 11:42 am

    This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” Twain is referring to the first day of April or, as it has come to be known as, April Fool’s Day. While the first day of the fourth month of the year is certain to bring shenanigans and tomfoolery, what is not so certain is the origin of the month’s name.
    Prior to the addition of January and February by King Numa Pompilius around 700 BC, April was the second month of the Roman calendar year – March being the first. Around 450 BC, April slipped into the fourth slot and assigned 29 days. With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar by pope Gregory XIIII in 1582, an extra day was added and thus ‘30 days hath April.’
    Though April’s derivation is not certain, a common theory is that the name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” – perhaps a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees, a common occurrence throughout the month of April. Another theory holds that since months are often named for gods and goddess and since Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,” one can surmise that the month was named for the Greek goddess of love, whom the Romans called Venus.
    Around the 5th century AD, the Anglo-Saxons referred to the month of April as Oster-monath or Eostre-monath, a reference to the goddess Eostre, whose feast occurred during this month. The Venerable Bede, a monk from the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter, believed this gave root to the word Easter – most often observed during the month of April.
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    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/april/#v0mp2dXjWI4ZgzFm.99

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  71. Laila Sabha -  April 12, 2013 - 7:08 am

    My birthday is april 19

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  72. Why should I tell YOU???? -  April 11, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    For my April Fools Day this year, I prank called my mum with my phone and used a American tourist trying to fit in accent ( I’m from London ). I told her that I had found this phone on a bench in the mall right after a hot couple had kissed, but I didn’t find them afterword and could she pick it up and return it to whoever…….. IT WORKED !!!!!!!!

    APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!! I never did that…….

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  73. arsema -  April 11, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    HEY! MOSHE I AM FROM ETHOPIA AND I SPIKE AMARIC ! LET ME GIVE YOU A SAMPLE WORD “DENANESH” ARE YOU ETHOPIAN?

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  74. arsema -  April 11, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    you guy need to know that April is awsome

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  75. Becca -  April 11, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    My birthday is this saturday!!! :D

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  76. honeydew -  April 11, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    hmm so april hmmmm i declare idk bye random comment on random site #123

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  77. me :) -  April 11, 2013 - 2:32 am

    OK. It took me a while to read this, but it is interesting.
    For us in Australia, April is actually Autumn! How about that?!
    My birthday is in June, so that is in winter. boo. ;)

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  78. Moshe Flam -  April 10, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    The French pronunciation is Avril.

    The ancient Babylonian month of AV which is in the summer, (and counted as the 5′th from Nissan the 1st which is the beginning of spring)

    In Hebrew and Aramaic it means father (Abba like Papa)

    The B and P are exchangeable in Semitic languages. (In the bible Parzel and Barzel are used for metals. In Arabic, B is used instead of P – as in: “Blease bass me a biece of bizza”. Also B and V interchange. (And P with F. The letter Bet – ancient ‘B’ as in Alephabet, which meant house or female) would be read at the beginning of a word as B but in the middle as V. It is so today in modern Hebrew as well. Same with P and F.

    In Aramaic – and possibly Babylonian too – the root A.B.R or A.V.R which may stand for April means to go OVER, and also PREgnancy. It is also used in Hebrew for that meaning, and specifically in the Jewish calendar, where the last month of Addar may become meUBAR, for an extra 13′th lunar month – usually around April time.

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  79. Mercedes -  April 10, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Gregory XIIII is written incorrectly. It should read XIV .

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  80. j -  April 10, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    “Aprilis / aperire meaning “to open” – see Harriet below:

    If you research the reason for April Fool’s, you will find that it originated with the changing of the date of the ‘New Year’. That being established, if Harriet is correct (I don’t do Latin.) one would speculate that the month was so named for its Latin root (e.g. the “opening” of the year).

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  81. rose -  April 10, 2013 - 10:14 am

    you have a b day every year I am not lucky I was born on march 27

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  82. Richard Comaish -  April 10, 2013 - 7:49 am

    The suggestion that ‘April’ might refer to the opening of the year resonated with me, which would imply that the month of Mars was a later insertion – but I haven’t found any historical evidence to support this.

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  83. Obama -  April 9, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    @Arif Bahrami You idiot, that’s only in February!

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  84. Harriet -  April 9, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    To Arif Bahrami: February is the month that has 29 days every four years. April has 30 days every year.

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    • Cody -  May 9, 2014 - 8:33 am

      Incorrect. The month that has 29 days is February, yes, but it is not every four years but every leap year.Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t as simple as every four years.

      The rules are as follows:

      If the year is EVENLY divisible by 4 and NOT EVENLY divisible by 100 then it is a leap year. If it is however EVENLY divisible by 400 it IS a leap year. That is why 1900 was not a leap year and 2100 won’t be either.

      Observe:
      1900 / 4 = 475.0 (rule 1 passes – no remainder)
      1900 / 100 = 19.0 (rule 2 fails – no remainder)
      1900 / 400 = 4.75 (rule 3 fails – remainder).
      = 1900 is not a leap year.
      and:
      2100 / 4 = 525.0 (rule 1 passes – no remainder)
      2100 / 100 = 21.00 (rule 2 fails – no remainder)
      2100 / 400 = 5.25 (rule 3 fails – remainder)
      = 2100 is not a leap year.
      and:
      2000 / 4 = 500.0 (rule 1 passes – no remainder)
      2000 / 100 = 20.0 (rule 2 passes – no remainder)
      2000 / 400 = 5.0 (rule 3 passes – no remainder)
      = 2000 was a leap year.
      Now tell me: since 2100 / 4 = 525.0 (no remainder) and since 2000 / 4 = 500.0 (= no remainder) that means they’re both on a four year boundary. But yet, 2000 was a leap year but 2100 will not be. Therefore, it isn’t every 4 years.

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  85. Harriet -  April 9, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Aprilis / aperire meaning “to open” , besides signifying the beginning of the new year (spring, flowers, life), could also mean the ‘opening’ of the astrological signs. Aries which falls in March/April is the first sign in Astrology.

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  86. Arif Bahrami -  April 9, 2013 - 4:15 am

    If there is someone born on April 29, will he celebrate his birthday every four years or how?

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  87. PabloGurl -  April 8, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Todays my birthday! I just happened to land on this page when I was looking up stems. I love April :)

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  88. im awsom -  April 8, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    just like this guy, smiley face (I don`t know how 2 actually put 1.)

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  89. im awsom -  April 8, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    ………. is awsom

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  90. im awsom -  April 8, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    aaaaaappppppppprrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiillllllllllll…………

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  91. dd -  April 8, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    omg good facts

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  92. Jillian -  April 8, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Can somebody tell me some really cool April fools prank? I wanna do it on somebody and see what they think.

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  93. Joseph -  April 8, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    I like April because it’s when the trees grow, flowers bloom, birds sings, animals hunt, weather reaction, and April is a name! ^_^

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  94. Bob -  April 8, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    The tenth is my birthday

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  95. Young Mullins -  April 8, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Why do they call it April

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  96. Young Mullins -  April 8, 2013 - 7:39 am

    But I really don’t get it why do they call it April

    Kayla Mullins

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  97. Young Mullins -  April 8, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Nice to know my ablest brother on that mouth
    By the way this is Kayla Mullins

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  98. Kayla -  April 8, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Nice to know my ablest brother on that mouth

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  99. Linda -  April 8, 2013 - 7:34 am

    I enjoy following the original sacred calendar, which the Biblical scriptures mention. ABIB…

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  100. abigail -  April 8, 2013 - 7:20 am

    I LOVE APIL. Because it’s my papaws birthday and it’s spring sweeeeeeeeeeeet

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  101. Trey -  April 8, 2013 - 4:59 am

    Like MUGZ and ABDUL wrote — In Spanish: Abrir = to open / Latin: aperire = open or unveil. Perhaps the opening or unveiling of a new season.

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  102. Kate Sanderson -  April 7, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Why does everybody keep spelling everything wrong? Pu-leez! This is a DICTIONARY, for the love of Pete (whoever he may be)!

    Oh, and I like Phineas & Ferb too, Perrytheplatypus.

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  103. bro oskar -  April 6, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    for those wondering why “4″ is sometimes written as “IIII” instead of “IV”, in the roman numeral system, I suggest they visit the link below and be enlightened.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_numerals

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  104. April Jayne -  April 6, 2013 - 9:00 am

    My name is April and I was born on April 8th and my parents celebrated their 35th anniversary on April 2nd. So this month has tremendous meaning for us!

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  105. Roberto -  April 5, 2013 - 10:38 am

    I heav been esplorin thees subjeect for sum tyme end to kno aveil. Thans for thee halp.

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  106. Thugfolife -  April 5, 2013 - 6:11 am

    i just like april cuz this tha month i get outa prison

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  107. MUGZ -  April 5, 2013 - 4:24 am

    In Spanish …..Abrir = to open

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  108. Abdul -  April 4, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Could it be possibly with reference to the coming of spring AFTER (APRES) winter?

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  109. lyiafong -  April 3, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    i love april because its my birthday on april 7

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  110. April -  April 2, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    My name is April, I own the month and allow myself to continue to pull “April Fool’s Day” jokes on everyone. The best thing about “April” is that on April I had a life saving surgery. I was told I would have a 30% chance to live, and then I’d probably need a transplant on my heart and lung. I had an “AVM”. That is where blood vessels that form together with main arteries and turn into an anyurisim and can burst at anytime, without warning and you die immediatley. Fortunetily, even having it for 5 yrs, a radiologist saved my life and called a large hospital in the state next to mine.The heart transplant surgeon and pulmonogist would be able to try it. I wrote goodby letters to my two young daughters and told them to be well and happy in life. I will send you messages in the real world if I can when I die.
    I was stunned to see myself young, alive, and thrilled to have another chance with life. The sealed letters are sealed and I did not have to have someone give them those letters. My oldest was 8 yrs and the youngest was 4. That is why the month of “April”. is so special.

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  111. BALVINDER SINGH KALRA -  April 2, 2013 - 10:44 am

    I couldn’t find it an interesting story but I like April because VISAKHI [a Punjabi festival ] is celebrated in this month.

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  112. Nshera -  April 2, 2013 - 9:55 am

    I have a friend born on April Fools Day and I am also an April baby. It is so nice to know why my month is called what it is!

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  113. poovizhi -  April 1, 2013 - 10:45 pm

    today my birthday……..now only i came to know the speciality of april month,,,,, really i feel proud for born tis month

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  114. bob -  April 1, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    i think its pope Gergory XII

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  115. Anamika -  April 1, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Wow. April means to open up. It is true I often do see more flowers blossom when its sunny in April and my birthdays APRIL 10. Not to far away. 15 here I come . :)

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  116. Shea -  April 1, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    my burffdays in september lolol

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  117. Savannah -  May 12, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    1.think of your crush
    2.make a heart with your hands
    3.then kiss your hand while still making the heart
    4.then put the heart where your real heart is
    5.tomorrow your crush will ask you out
    6.this will only work if u post this on your favorite article

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  118. April -  May 12, 2012 - 7:50 am

    A girl named April got her name
    For a month that people called the same.
    The month won over this title fought
    For reasons we have long forgot.

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  119. Jenna -  May 10, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    April 21st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  120. RockSword -  May 10, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Just to clarify, when I say that Gregory dropped 10 days from October, I meant that he did that for only that one year: Oct. 5 became Oct. 15 in that year, such that the day after Oct. 4 in 1582 in Rome and the Papal States was Oct. 15. Other countries adopted the Gregorian Calendar in different years and some dropped the needed dates in other months during the years they adopted the reformed calendar. Also to clarify, when I say 1250 years between the Council and 1582, I was using an approximate number. The actual number would be 1582 – 325 = 1257 years.

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  121. RockSword -  May 10, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    First, why has no one corrected the blatant error that Gregory XIII (yes it was the 13th and not the 14th) did not add a day to April? Thirty days for April was set by the Julian reform of the calendar, which, by the way, gave us the name of the Julian Calendar. Gregory XIII, after which our Gregorian calendar is named, simply did two things to reform the calendar. Namely, he took away 10 days from October to align the Spring equinox back with the approximate date of March 21, which was where the equinox approximately was when the Council of Nicea determined practices for establishing the date of Easter. Secondly, he adjusted the calendar (previously know as the Julian Calendar) to not have a leap day on 3 of the 4 century years: 1600 was a leap year, but not 1700, 1800 or 1900, and the same with 2000, which was a leap year, but not 2100, 2200 or 2300, etc. He did this so that the equinox would not slip backwards as it had previously done during the 1250 years between the Council and 1582. I do admit there were some other changes with regard to the calculation of Easter, so in all honesty there were more than two changes; but those do not pertain to the ordinary civil calendar we use, so I will not go into detail with that.

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  122. ONE DIRECTION (lover) -  March 28, 2012 - 5:48 am

    nice

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  123. MissRedhead -  February 29, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    especially jamie mr 420

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  124. MissRedhead -  February 29, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    woot! im glad there was an article centered on April!
    Im excited to see the people who have commented on this post on April 4th as this is MY BIRTHDAY! Shouts out to all the april birthdays out there xo

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  125. Andrew -  April 11, 2011 - 5:01 am

    Pope Gregory the Thirteenth, or XIII, was the one to institute the Gregorian calendar. The extra I in the script was just a typo

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  126. Oh so Pogi -  April 4, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    how dumb is naming a kid born on May, April?

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  127. Brian -  April 4, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Good to know and April means to lalalalalalalalalallaalalalalalalalalaalalalala

    (obviously the person that made this comment is probably 6 years old rofl)

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  128. :) -  April 4, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    my birthday is in april and my name is april… way to get creative mom and dad.

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  129. aprilbaybie -  April 4, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    my birthdays april 5th..thats tommorow

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  130. xD -  April 4, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    Happy April everyone!

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  131. Lucy -  April 4, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    Hm, this is interesting! It must have been really odd to change months like that; imagine how weird it’d be if they added a new month in modern times! And to the person who said that, “These are the dumbest comments I’ve read.” I think they’re just fine. Finally an article where no one is pushing their beliefs and views on one another.
    Ahhh, can’t wait for April vacation. ;) A few steps closer until our 8th grade class trip…and a short reprieve from any homework.

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  132. =.= peace -  April 4, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    this article is like…BAZAR

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  133. someone -  April 4, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    i sent my friends emails saying i was moving-they all fell for it! then i sent another one to my other friend saying i was mad at him for being a jerk…….LOL he didnt fall for that one!

    happy belated april fools!!!

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  134. WTF-__- -  April 4, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    hahahaha you people crack me up, (‘=

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  135. Your_MOM. -  April 4, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    HELLO THUR WORLD. My birthday is today(:! Hahaaaa . . . just kidding . . . . it’s in September:3! I FOOLED YOU, HA! April Fool’s(;

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  136. Jamie -  April 4, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Loved the article. It was very informative and I also liked it cause my birthday is also in April…and yes my birthday is 4-20…

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  137. Kitty Winters -  April 4, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    my b-day is april 7th =D

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  138. MARTINEZ MARTIN -  April 4, 2011 - 11:43 am

    THIS IS A GREAT THING TO READ AND IT ALSO EDUCATE YOU

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  139. chenoitaxxx -  April 4, 2011 - 11:38 am

    happy april!!!!

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  140. mani -  April 4, 2011 - 11:32 am

    very useful

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  141. Cristal -  April 4, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Hey,Greg…my mom’s birthday is on the same day,buddy! :D

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  142. dumb but haha -  April 4, 2011 - 10:43 am

    hahaha ya’llfunny

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  143. aprilpain -  April 4, 2011 - 10:02 am

    My name is April and i was born in April. My mother was supposed to be named April but she was born 2 months early so my grandmother named her Patricia. My grandmother was born on st. pa tricks day and they called her Patricia. It is weird how we got each others name. If my grandmother were to know that in the old days April was the second month then maybe she could have went ahead and named her April. But It’s better this way because now I can party all month long and I celebrate April to it’s fullest, Because I I I I I CAN!

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  144. Moein Shams -  April 4, 2011 - 9:53 am

    I tend to agree with Peter O’conor I think…

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  145. Abigail -  April 4, 2011 - 9:35 am

    kool i learned something new i didnt know that the greeks goddess of llove was called “Aphrodite” that so cute very nice name and my moms bday is one the 26th and my bros is on the 14 i have to big bdays this month so cooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  146. Tim -  April 4, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Aries the ram is first sign of the zodiac and the first of the “new” year from late march to late April – when nature springs back to life – lol x

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  147. Emily -  April 4, 2011 - 9:14 am

    That article didnt really explain why April is called”April”

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  148. Aries-Babyy -  April 4, 2011 - 8:44 am

    Myy Birthdayy is on April 6 wednesday i’ll be (19)

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  149. None Ya! -  April 4, 2011 - 8:43 am

    My birthday is april 6 this wednesday!

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  150. Nicole Hayes -  April 4, 2011 - 8:20 am

    ughhh !* are ya’ll really doing this right now ????

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  151. TREVON.B -  April 4, 2011 - 7:57 am

    I THINK THIS IS SUM KRAZY STUFF

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  152. smart girl -  April 4, 2011 - 7:52 am

    There isn’t a such thing as a seedless conversation, juan reese. There are many things to learn from conversation whether there is a predetermined goal or not. Conversation in and of itself yields a harvest of language, which is an amazing thing. Now one that exposes his own insecurities by using words to seperate himself from people and sociality….is seedless. But is it? For now we know there is insecurity.
    Live, Love, and Laugh Juan. Live, Love, and Laugh! :)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY APRIL BABIES!!!!! It is a pretty cool month, my best gift from God came on the 11th of April almost 13 years ago. He’s a great kid!

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  153. Curly -  April 4, 2011 - 6:53 am

    @15bubbles:

    No, Bob is right. Here are the basic rules for punctuation in American English when quotations are involved:

    • Periods and commas always go inside the quotation marks.
    • Question marks and exclamation points go inside only if they’re punctuating the quotation.
    • Semicolons and colons always go outside.

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    • Cody -  May 9, 2014 - 7:59 am

      Yet, the Oxford Dictionary (think Oxford) understands that there are times where the period should go outside quotes (and more so that there are also valid uses of single quotes, i.e., ‘ – which some would call something else in other context, which is of course valid – versus regular quote i.e., “). Certain computer users would understand this more than others (by certain I don’t mean those using brain dead operating systems like Windows or MacOS and I specifically refer to those who are used to the command line). And besides all that, you should just stop after “American” because that’s really all it is: American. Not American English. No, English was decimated by Noah Webster and that is what Americans learn. Examples:

      1. It is COLOUR not color (English is former, American is latter, just like the below). In general, ‘-or’ is ‘-our’.
      2. It is CRITICISE not criticize. In general, ‘-ize’ is ‘-ise’.
      3. Anaesthesia, not anesthesia.
      3. It is TYRE not tire.

      Do I truly need to go on? Well, regardless, the list is spelling only and only a few examples (with the last two being specific examples whereas the first two are general). I won’t even get into completely different words (referring to things like: lift, lorry, …).

      In short: American English is not English. It is a grossly deformed language made up of English and nonsense.

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  154. Evangeline -  April 4, 2011 - 6:32 am

    Wow. back then in 700 A.D people could change months like that ? It must have been very confusing for some people.

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  155. April -  April 4, 2011 - 6:20 am

    My name is April and my Birthday is April 23rd. Go figure.

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  156. Weyam -  April 4, 2011 - 5:20 am

    Ooh the first comment..!!!
    LOL

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  157. April Wong -  April 4, 2011 - 5:16 am

    Im born in April 7
    and my name is April
    No fake!!!

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  158. Anne Croney -  April 4, 2011 - 3:16 am

    @ Jayc, Amen to that.

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  159. ColinB -  April 4, 2011 - 1:49 am

    Seeing as the German word for Easter in “Ostern”, I guess The Venerable Bede probably got it right – it’s just a pagan festival, albeit with quite a lot to be said in its favour, that was hijacked by Christianity.

    And congrats to all those with birthdays in April – you must be pretty proud of your uniqueness! ;-)

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  160. LLanccee -  April 4, 2011 - 1:20 am

    Maaaannnnnnnnnnnn is the place getting hot or is it just me!

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  161. DIALOGUE -  April 3, 2011 - 11:36 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!! INTERESTING INFO ABT ‘APRIL’….NICE YAAR….

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  162. Geckomayhem -  April 3, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    Nobody suggested that it might be named after Apis, the Egyptian bull god who at one point represented new life? Perhaps it is because he is sometimes referred to as Hapis, or just Hap.

    You can blame Asterix for this one, actually. I will never forget the comic where the hypnotist ends up hypnotising himself to believe he is a boar, and he runs off into the forest, hahaha. “By Osiris and by Apis, you are a boar!” :D

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  163. yo -  April 3, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    haha perry lolz

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  164. Bob Beazley -  April 3, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Ok, 15 Bubbles, how are you with this:

    Why is April called “April?” when there were so many other possibilities?

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  165. k -  April 3, 2011 - 9:14 am

    mines today! april 3

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  166. W Hays -  April 3, 2011 - 7:42 am

    We has obviously overlooked the most important aspect of April. It is the usual (not always) opening day of the baseball season, a time of new beginnings, of hope springing eternal, a time to look to the joys of summer with the boys of summer, all teams are tied for first place for a day, life is worth living.

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  167. Ezekiel Rage -  April 3, 2011 - 2:43 am

    @Cooool:
    In that case, I suppose you probably don’t read much at all, huh?

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  168. rhonda -  April 3, 2011 - 2:23 am

    Could have mentioned this is why all the months September through December have roots that mean 7 to 10, but became the months 9 through 12 …

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  169. Veroni5 -  April 3, 2011 - 2:19 am

    Never mind. I love April. I was born on April 5.

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  170. zizo -  April 3, 2011 - 1:19 am

    i dont get why they do prank jokes :P

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  171. Miley -  April 2, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    @DYLAN Happy Birthday!:)

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  172. janavi -  April 2, 2011 - 11:32 pm

    cooolllll!!!!!!:D

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  173. *omglolz* -  April 2, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    tick tock… oh rite i wz raeding the thingy up here… kinda boring i must admit… lolz jk very interesting…

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  174. April Unfooled -  April 2, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    I fail to see how this is considered revealing, considering the fact that the name ‘April’ is still shrouded in mystery.

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  175. April O'Madigan -  April 2, 2011 - 8:11 pm

    this is cool, i came to this page to look up a word and saw my name plastered in giant letters on the home page. I think i like the greek goddess of love theory best. my birthday is this month too. so im excited to be 14 finally :)

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  176. Aprilisepic -  April 2, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    April is the coolest month because it’s the start of autumn… In Australia!!! yeye

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  177. Hana -  April 2, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    @miranda…
    i dont get it….

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  178. Hana -  April 2, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    @COOOOL
    lmaoo,ikr!

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  179. Zach -  April 2, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    I need some music to go with this nice weather.

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  180. Arunn -  April 2, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    My bdays in thing aswell, that’s legit..

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  181. Perrytheplatypus -  April 2, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    i wet mi bros toothbrush then put salt on it!!!!!!!!! lol!

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  182. Stones fan -  April 2, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Why no mention of Julius and Augustus, and poor February’s loss? A year is a year: give the whole story

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  183. Jeff -  April 2, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Check out any clock or watch with roman #’s and you will see that 4 is represented by IIII almost every time. This is especially true of antiques. According to W.I. Milham,in Time & Timekeepers (New York: Macmillan, 1947) p. 196 King Louis the 14th prefered IIII to IV and ordered his clockmakers to produce clock faces that way and it seems to have stuck. Many building built at the turn of the last century varied the use of Roman numerals. One example is the cornerstone on Harvard Medical School’s Gordon Hall, which reads MDCCCCIIII for 1904.

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  184. CeCe -  April 2, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    Aphrodite Rox! :-)

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  185. GrayKat -  April 2, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    At one time in history, the year began in spring – makes more sense than beginning a year in the dead, cold winter. Perhaps the most reasonable answer is obvious if Latin “aperire” — “to open” meant both the flowers and the year.

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  186. sue -  April 2, 2011 - 8:32 am

    Great article! pope Gregory XIIII should actually be pope Gregory XIV

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  187. COOOOL -  April 2, 2011 - 7:03 am

    These are the dumbest comments I’ve ever read.

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  188. Ole Ed -  April 2, 2011 - 7:01 am

    I must have just climbed out of a cave. I never thought to look into these new things dictionary.com started to do. This is cool. Only thing is that it sometimes distracts me from the reason I came here in the first place… to get a definition or spelling of a word. But, I think I’ll just scoot in here more often just to see what new kind of stuff turns up. But, just a quick comment. It would really be nice if the dictionary staff here would have a “service” like Google which, if you misspell a word, they will suggests some possible alternatives. But, hey… I love it anyway! Thanks, dictionary.com.

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  189. fabrix -  April 2, 2011 - 6:41 am

    i love april because my husbands birthday is on april 14th

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  190. fabrix -  April 2, 2011 - 6:39 am

    theres is an explanation.If u want to know what it is, ask me!!!

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  191. Water Samuel -  April 2, 2011 - 2:42 am

    I luv April b’cuz my birthday falls on 11th. Come and celebrate with me. Cheers luv u all happy April fool.

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  192. jpho_ripped -  April 2, 2011 - 12:52 am

    I like April because it is the name of my right bicep. The left one is called Jupiter.

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  193. maria -  April 2, 2011 - 12:05 am

    lucky me to have found this interesting topic, since my birthday falls on April too. I never knew how special April is…thanks.

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  194. Melody -  April 1, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    Here’s a good one. Hold your umbrella up, and people will think it’s raining and copy you. Then say “April Fools” to the first person to do that.

    Or stick a five-cent coin to the ground with super glue. Someone will try to pick it up, no doubt. Then they’ll look weird trying to pick it up when it won’t budge. If you’re watching, then say “April Fools” to them. Honestly, people care a lot about five cents.

    This year, my April Fools trick was telling people their shoelaces were undone. Literally, you’ll never believe how many people actually fell for it!

    According to something I read, April Fools’ Day actually originated from when April was the first month of the year, thus making April 1 New Year’s Day. When the calendar changed so that January 1 was first instead, people would call anyone who had forgotten an “April Fool”.

    Interesting. I liked it, Hot Word. Sadly, my birthday is in September, not April. Speaking of September, did you know that the most popular birthday month is September?

    Keep up the fantastic articles, Hot Word!

    Melody

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  195. RedSpartan36 -  April 1, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    Ive known that Birthdays on April is the least common so Im a half lucky guy since im born on April 30th

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  196. Shams Yusuf Halim -  April 1, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    It is april & it’s just a month for my birthday

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  197. ????????? -  April 1, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    My birthday is on April 5th, this Tuesday. HOOORRAYYYY!!!!!! ITS SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  198. Random-meister -  April 1, 2011 - 10:09 pm

    My birthday is on April 27th.

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  199. ??? -  April 1, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    My birthday is on April 5th! So close, it’s this Tuesday!!!!!! HOORRRAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  200. Jim -  April 1, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    My birthday is April 1 and that’s no foolin’.

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  201. Anonymous -  April 1, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    I just love April. Playing pranks on someone is kinda fun, which reminds me of the time my classmates in sixth grade scribbled on a different classroom’s window while they were out for PE. The janitor got upset and all, but they never got in trouble. I also like April because there’s spring brak.

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  202. Rikku -  April 1, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    let’s see….today i had a track meet but did not PR for the heat was intense. I also got a pink eye right after my first race. yeah, April fools is right

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  203. bau -  April 1, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    ach…schon vorbei…ende maerz…ach…the differences between the great solar und moonlar calendar system…about one month later….

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  204. bau -  April 1, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    me too…my birthday is in this monat…my mother knows only….

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  205. JayC -  April 1, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    daughter was born in May, but named her April… as a nod to the Awesome Creator for the new life (her’s) He blessed us with, and in gratitude to all the new life He sends us all, every year during that month, when He blesses the earth with so much new life as seen with Spring bringing forth all the new birds, and buds, and growth in gardens during that month…. check it out yourself… April 27 is usually THE most beautiful day as far as the vividness of color found in nature here on Long Island. God is SO incredible!!

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  206. Reid Moore -  April 1, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    “… since months are often named for god(desse)s
    and Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,”
    one can surmise that the month was named for the Greek goddess of love,
    whom the Romans called Venus.”

    So —
    if the Romans decided to name the month after their goddess of love, Venus,
    — would we now be in the month of “Venal”?
    Be sure to look up the meaning of “Venal”, okay guys?

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  207. Richard Comaish -  April 1, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    Ariel honour to ponder this
    This is a puzzle not to miss
    This month’s etymology
    Hints vaguely at astrology

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  208. Joe -  April 1, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Hey Elizabeth my house is on fire TOO!

    Haha :D

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  209. 15bubbles -  April 1, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    @ Bob Beazley,
    That’s not the “wrong side” it’s actually the correct way to do it.

    =D My birthday is this month!
    Aww… I’ll be a teenager. =’( The innocence of childhood shall soon depart me.

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  210. Babysabre -  April 1, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Happy post-April Fools Day! No more people annoying you with April Fools jokes!

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  211. Elizabeth -  April 1, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Happy April Fools Day!

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  212. Elizabeth -  April 1, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    My birthday is in this month too. Thank you people for doing April. That’s really cool. My April Fools contribution is this: when I was at school today, the people who pulled pranks the most were the teachers! Oh, by the way, your house is on fire.

    Ha ha!

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  213. Russell -  April 1, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    “April is the cooolest month”

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  214. sherryyu -  April 1, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Kool I nevr new tat

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  215. Miranda -  April 1, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    I love this kind of stuff.Its interesting.
    Try this prank even though it sounds stupid:
    When your done using the bathroom, go get a pen,write on the toilet paper thats still there,”Help! Im stuck in a tiolet paper factory!”
    I got like half my office where I work with it,everyone was laughing. :)

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  216. Angel -  April 1, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Coool

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  217. Jhanu -  April 1, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    aprils the start of spring! so itz alwayz gud

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  218. joe -  April 1, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    no, he’s right. it should be XIV . if you’re not going to abide by that you might as well make it IIIIIIIIIIIIII

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  219. top100sucks -  April 1, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    man im just sitting here in class and this sucks. so i think its pretty cool thats why its called april

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  220. .... -  April 1, 2011 - 11:59 am

    I ♥ April, ’cause it a summer vacation!

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  221. Dylan -  April 1, 2011 - 11:25 am

    my birthday`s April 3rd.

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  222. APRIL | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  April 1, 2011 - 11:20 am

    [...] “APRIL is the cruelest Month”. — T.S.Elliot — “Waste Land”; ‘Much ado about nothing”, Willie Shakespeare and related, there’s John Locke. — The baseball season opens and distractions Eat the clock. — We’re more than just an April Fool; We’re Foolish all year long. — The Predicament of being Chirpy always haunts us right or wrong. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  223. Rachel -  April 1, 2011 - 11:07 am

    hi mi birthday is n april

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  224. Whatev... -  April 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

    lol. That’s hilarious “Chris…”! I turned the showe head out so that someone would get sprayed! lol!

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  225. Whatev... -  April 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

    lol. That’s hilarious “Chris…”! I turned the shower head out so that someone would get sprayed! lol!

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  226. tehgreatzebra -  April 1, 2011 - 10:42 am

    wow. doesnt anyone ever wonder who does all the research every day for dictionary.com? lol, they put the coolest stuff on here :)

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  227. #1 Skillet Fan -  April 1, 2011 - 10:26 am

    @Christopherina: Why didn’t I think of that idea? Can I borrow you idea about the dent please?

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  228. Devra -  April 1, 2011 - 10:25 am

    ha

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  229. Lariah -  April 1, 2011 - 10:17 am

    april fools.. lol ;) man i love this day because it’s my birthday today

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  230. Wawit -  April 1, 2011 - 10:16 am

    April is my favorite because I celebrate my birthday on this month :-)

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  231. Colin Newman -  April 1, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Gregory XIII didn’t change the Julian Calendar – it remains unchanged, we just use his Gregorian Calendar instead of it.

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  232. T B -  April 1, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Happy Holiday
    Thanks for the info

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  233. hksche2000 -  April 1, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Gregory XIII changed the Julian calendar.
    Whence the name April originates remains a mystery.

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  234. Christopherina -  April 1, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Hahahahahaha! Just pulled a prank on my parents. Gave them an “avalanche.” I taped newspaper across the door posts while they were sleeping and filled it with a ton of crinkled paper balls. When my dad opened his door this morning he was greeted by a huge amount of paper falling towards him. :D I love April 1st!!! Gonna play many more pranks before the day is over! Like sticking a piece of paper on someone’s car that says, “Sorry about the dent. Please call this number so that we can swap insurance information.” Put a fake # and name. Then wait for the person to see the note and search in vain for the dent. :) HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!! :)

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  235. juan reese -  April 1, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Regardless of how or where the name for the month of April was derived, it is inconsequential to where we are today. Perhaps this day was aptly name the” day of fools” as it has so many of us engaging in this seedless conversation.

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  236. carlosmedrano -  April 1, 2011 - 9:40 am

    hey misael and alex and caleb

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  237. Bob Beazley -  April 1, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Why is April called “April?”, you ask?

    Why do you continue to put the question mark on the wrong side of the quotation marks?

    Were he still around William Strunk would scold you, keep you after class, even.

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  238. grammarnazi -  April 1, 2011 - 9:37 am

    It is supposed to be XIV, but it doesn’t have to be. There were different ways of writing numbers in Rome just as there were different forms of Latin (Vulgar, Classical, and Medieval).

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  239. carlosmedrano -  April 1, 2011 - 9:24 am

    my birthday is in April!!!!!!

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  240. Greg -  April 1, 2011 - 8:56 am

    My birthday is today…believe it or not I have never heard any April fool jokes at my expense, ever.

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  241. tiff16 -  April 1, 2011 - 7:58 am

    i just like april cuz my birthday is april12

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  242. Linc86 -  April 1, 2011 - 7:12 am

    HAHAHA first comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • HeyDoods -  September 22, 2014 - 9:21 pm

      Lies all lies

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  243. Peter O'Connor -  April 1, 2011 - 6:34 am

    I’ve heard it said that in Celtic times April 1st was the New Year’s Day – later anyone (old-fashioned pagan or such) celebrating the advent of a new year on April 1st was considered a fool. An April Fool at that.
    In Irish (Gaeilge) Aibreann is the word for April – considering that blíann is the word for year and ab can be used to denote a coming – word or avent. well the jump is small.
    To clarify for non-gaélgoers – the genitive case of blíann is bhlían pron; vleen (to rhyme with spleen) – ab-bhlian = of the new year. Older peoples would count the start of the new year from the rebirth of new life – buds, flowers, hens start laying again and so forth. It’s all possible – I just present the case.

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  244. Silverchild -  April 1, 2011 - 5:42 am

    I think you have the number in the Pope’s name wrong. If he’s the fourteenth Pope Gregory, he should be written like that: XIV.

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  245. Spencer -  April 1, 2011 - 5:23 am

    I think is also possible that if Aprililis means “top open”, then another “opening” could be for the opening of the year. The first month of the Roman calendar.

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  246. JOJ -  April 1, 2011 - 5:18 am

    nice to know ;)

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  247. April -  April 1, 2011 - 3:06 am

    I gotta tell you guys. You scared the crap out of me. My name is April. I came here this morning to check on a word spelling and landed on the hompepage looking at this GIANT GRAPHIC of my name. In my stupor, I forgot that it was “that time of the year” again for me. Maybe that’s my April Fools joke on me for the day.

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  248. :D -  April 1, 2011 - 2:44 am

    Nice…

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  249. April fool -  April 1, 2011 - 2:35 am

    Cant believe i am the first one to comment.. i quess because my birthday is in this month it is kinda lucky for me ..

    Reply

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