The Odd Original Name of February


Though February is the shortest month of the year, it often feels like the longest in cold, snowy climates. Why does the month have only 28 days?

First here’s a little history of our calendar. The original Roman calendar only had ten months, because the winter was not demarcated. In the 700s BC, the second king of Rome Numa Pompilius added January and February to the end of the calendar in order to conform to how long it actually takes the Earth to go around the Sun.The two new months were both originally 28 days long. It is lost to history why January acquired more days, though there are various unverifiable hypotheses. At that time, March 1 became New Years’ Day. Later, in 153 BC, the beginning of the year was moved to January 1.

The word February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa where people were ritually washed. There is a Roman god called Februus, but he is named after the festival, not the other way around. Other months, like January, are named after Roman gods. (Curious about the duplicity of January? Learn more here.)

The interesting linguistic story, though, lies in England. Before we adopted the Latin name for the second month, Old English used much more vibrant names to describe it. The most common Old English name was Solmonath, which literally means “mud month.” It is pretty clear what they were describing. A lesser-used term was Kale-monath, which meant “cabbage month.” We can imagine that the English were eating a lot of cabbage in February in the 1100s.

Ever wondered what the heck the “ides” of March were? Find out.

What do you think of February?

Copano Increases Presence in Eagle Ford Shale with Pipeline Expansion

Manufacturing Close-Up February 18, 2012 Copano Energy announced that it will extend its DK Pipeline in the Eagle Ford Shale play by adding approximately 65 miles of 24- inch pipeline southwest into McMullen County, Texas, which will allow Copano to access new Eagle Ford volumes.

According to a release, the DK Pipeline extension is expected to begin service in the first half of 2013 and is projected to cost approximately $120 million. The pipeline extension will follow the same route as Copano’s recently announced condensate pipeline, Double Eagle Pipeline, a joint venture with Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., in the rich gas window of the Eagle Ford Shale. go to website eagle ford shale

The extension of the DK Pipeline is supported by a new long-term agreement with Petrohawk Energy Corp., a subsidiary of BHP Billiton and an operator in the Eagle Ford Shale play. Under the terms of the fee-based agreement, Copano will provide Petrohawk with gathering, processing and NGL handling services for a significant commitment of natural gas volumes from leases in McMullen County, Texas. eaglefordshalenow.net eagle ford shale

“We are pleased that BHP Billiton has selected Copano again as a provider of midstream services for its significant position in the rich gas window of the Eagle Ford Shale,” said R. Bruce Northcutt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Copano Energy. “The southwest extension of our DK Pipeline coupled with the Double Eagle condensate pipeline will allow Copano to offer a full slate of gas, NGL and condensate solutions to our customers in the trend.” Copano Energy. is a midstream natural gas company with operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Louisiana.

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  1. wolf tamer and iron miner -  March 11, 2014 - 7:56 am

    @CIVILIZATION_is_a_LIE (the previous commenter, not the beginning of a philosophical debate):
    I think there’s underlying meaning there – since June is named after Juno, Roman goddess of marriage, the saying “a June bride is a bride for life” became popular.

  2. CIVILIZATION_is_a_LIE -  February 27, 2014 - 2:20 am

    Someone mentioned how “June [means] Juno, [who was the] the Roman queen of the gods and goddesses, also the wife of Zeus and the goddess of marriage”….

    It got me to thinking about how “a bride in June is a bride for life”. It was most notably from the Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, “June Bride” but was a popular phrase before even then….

    Weird coincidence or underlying meaning?

    • ViviD -  April 6, 2014 - 2:15 pm

      That thing about Juno really is interesting… however Juno is the wife of Jupiter, who is the Roman equivalent to Zeus. Technically they are not the same, but they are basically the same goddess. Other than that, I really think you’re onto something… A lot of things in the modern world are based off of the past.

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