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?

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  1. Julie K -  February 4, 2016 - 10:29 pm

    They were probably planting cabbage in February, not harvesting it.

  2. GeekGirl -  February 4, 2016 - 7:12 pm

    I never knew this and when I saw a link to this, I was curious and just couldn’t hold my curiosity in!

  3. Joelique Acosta -  February 4, 2016 - 11:21 am

    I thought it was about getting Valentines and L-O-V-E- ???:P <3

  4. mob4life -  February 3, 2016 - 1:41 pm

    follow me on instagram @mob4life_420

    • Cool person -  February 4, 2016 - 10:55 am

      Nobody cares

    • n -  February 4, 2016 - 6:05 pm


  5. Dave Otuwa -  February 3, 2016 - 11:32 am

    February should have been the final month of the year and though still having the fewest days of the year like the final month of the Islamic year. I was born in the very month. I don’t know whether or not I was born on a snowy day. My parents knows if they remember. At least I know I was born on a Sunday. They didn’t go to church due to my mother’s delivery which induces my being alive, or coming to the world.

    • Patty -  February 5, 2016 - 5:46 am

      Both of my children were born on a Full Moon Sunday. I took it as a wonderful sign for Amazing things to come for both of them. And I was correct in believing so, 29 and 30 years later, I have been so Blessed with Lovely people born on a Perfect Sunday~

  6. Kaneki Ken -  February 3, 2016 - 10:35 am

    i still don’t know what the first name for February is… LAWL

    • Joelique Acosta -  February 4, 2016 - 11:22 am


  7. Hi -  February 2, 2016 - 7:40 pm

    No, February doesn’t have 28 days, it has 29 days. And I was born on the last one! I am only 3!

    • Ethan -  February 3, 2016 - 9:39 am

      february only has 29 days on a leap year so if your 3 then you should be around 12 because a leap year happens about every four years

    • justin -  February 3, 2016 - 9:45 am


    • LG -  February 3, 2016 - 11:08 am

      wat grade r u in? r u a grown up?

    • Dave Otuwa -  February 3, 2016 - 11:35 am

      I was born in the same month as you. It snows in my birthplace. I don’t know whether or not I was born on a snowy day. I already know I was born on a Sunday. I came to the world five days prior to Valentine’s Day.

    • Ollie -  February 3, 2016 - 12:43 pm

      Technically February has 28 days except for a leap year. You were just born on leap year. Oh and happy birthday in 26 days!

    • Bo -  February 3, 2016 - 12:44 pm

      Rather large for your age aren’t you?!

    • W2QUT56J -  February 3, 2016 - 7:37 pm

      HA for all those people that think February is a bad month. While everyone else is snowed in, i’m in Texas enjoying my seventy degree weather and all the sun possible!! tough luck beating that!

      • W2QUT56J -  February 3, 2016 - 7:39 pm

        oh! haters, take that down!

      • John -  February 4, 2016 - 12:02 pm

        I live in South America where it’s 80 degrees in the winter.

    • Maria Gonzalez -  February 3, 2016 - 7:40 pm

      Well 1st of all three year olds cant type or even read for that matter 2nd of all there is only 28 eight days, there are only 29 days on leap years that go by fours so yes 2016 is a leap year

    • Elaine -  February 3, 2016 - 8:49 pm

      “Hi” Based on your comment: “I am only 3″ I calculate that you were born on February 29, 2000? & have celebrated 3 birthday anniversaries; your 4th would be 27 days from yesterday (date of your comment). Happy 4th Anniversary of your Birth, then. So will you be getting your Driver’s License as a 16-year-old this year? Best Wishes for your New Year!!!! :) :

    • Thabit M -  February 3, 2016 - 11:45 pm

      Is there any contribution of African languages in English? Or are there any African languages adopted by other languages specifically, English?

    • Linda -  February 4, 2016 - 7:23 am

      Hi, I will be 17 on February 29!!!

    • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:24 pm

      i am 12 and I say that February is twenty eight days, and on a leap year it is 29 days

    • Melanie Martiniez -  February 4, 2016 - 4:44 pm

      omg I feel bad for all those ppl especaly u do u stil go to school if ur born on that day

    • keinnn -  February 5, 2016 - 7:19 am

      ive always wanted to meet someone born on February 29. how do u celebrate your birthday?

  8. Britney -  February 2, 2016 - 5:45 pm

    I’m in France

    • Dave Otuwa -  February 3, 2016 - 11:37 am

      I’m in the United States. Where? Not my birthplace (Chicago, IL), but Sin City. Guess what it is. Here’s a clue: It’s the largest city in one of the biggest states that’s not popular, and it starts with an N for Nicaragua. Another clue is that it’s a desert city among the Mountain States. It’s LAS VEGAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Dave Otuwa -  February 3, 2016 - 11:54 am

        I’m in the United States. Where? Not my birthplace (Chicago, IL), but Sin City. Guess what it is. Here’s a clue: It’s the largest city in one of the biggest states that’s not popular, and it starts with an N for Nicaragua. Another clue is that it’s a desert city among the Mountain States. It’s LAS VEGAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where’s Las Vegas? Not in New Mexico, but in NEVADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ollie -  February 3, 2016 - 12:45 pm

      Bonjour! Comment ca va? Est-ce que tu aimes France! J’adore France. C’est beau!

    • Greg seltzer -  February 3, 2016 - 1:57 pm

      who cares

  9. Jason Grace -  February 1, 2016 - 9:29 am

    We Romans did everything for you! Now excuse me, I need to go and fight some venti!

    • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:07 am

      I`m a Greek, but yeah.

      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:15 am

        Or is it Greecian?

        • Jason Grace -  February 2, 2016 - 9:20 am

          And you call yourself a Greek! HA! Percy, handle your brother hahaha!

        • Zoe -  February 2, 2016 - 11:44 am

          I’m also Greek!!!

        • Jason Grace -  February 2, 2016 - 1:17 pm

          We Romans call you Graceus but I’m not sure what you call yourselves.

          • Bernard R -  February 3, 2016 - 10:56 am

            Lessee….Would Visigothic be correct?

          • sophia -  February 3, 2016 - 6:52 pm


        • athenagirl -  February 2, 2016 - 3:12 pm

          no, Greek is fine

        • Laffinty -  February 2, 2016 - 4:18 pm

          Haha! Lel.

    • payton -  February 2, 2016 - 12:06 pm


    • Magnus Chase -  February 2, 2016 - 5:53 pm

      I mentioned you in my book but I have never actually met you… IM BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

      • Jason Grace -  February 4, 2016 - 8:50 am


    • Zeus -  February 2, 2016 - 6:12 pm

      I agree.

    • Annabeth Chase -  February 4, 2016 - 8:25 am

      Please. *rolls eyes* You did everything for us? The only reason Rome even got half as far as they did is because they stole everything from the Greeks. Art, clothing styles, you couldn’t even make your own gods you had to take ours and rename them. I mean Aphrodite and Venus? Come ON. They even all have the same mythos. Maybe you should read up on your own history and come back when you’re educated.

      • Frank Zhang -  February 4, 2016 - 8:48 am

        Well, we made them all better… We did after all destroy you and your ‘tech’ advancements… But let’s not judo-flip me though okay Annabeth… Plzzz?!?!?!

        • Percy Jackson -  February 4, 2016 - 8:49 am

          She does the best judo-flips… They hurt a lot! No pressure though man!

      • H -  February 4, 2016 - 1:43 pm


    • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:25 pm

      im polish, Israeli, and a bit irish

  10. Poseidon`s other son -  February 1, 2016 - 6:47 am

    February… I don`t know if i like it in America.

    • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:22 am

      I preferred February in Germany…

  11. Dolphins Rock SG -  February 1, 2016 - 5:43 am

    I love January and February because Chinese New Year is in either of them and we get to stuff our faces with goodies and get red packets full of money!

    • Francis Wu -  February 3, 2016 - 8:41 am

      Are you Chinese?

      • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:26 pm


  12. Dolphins Rock SG -  February 1, 2016 - 5:32 am

    I guess that’s why September, October, November and December mean 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months in another language respectively. And here’s a fact: January is named after the ancient god Janus. He has two heads, one to look back at the past year and one to look forward to the new year. Usually the past year is pictured as an old man and the new year as a young child. The Roman(or is it Greek?) legend of Zeus I guess. Just some facts! :)

    • Jason Grace -  February 2, 2016 - 1:22 pm

      If it was Roman it would be a Legend of Jupiter, not Zeus…

  13. Lady Kane -  March 16, 2015 - 9:53 am

    I blame the media. We are inflicted with reporters who cannot write or spell and news readers and announcers who don’t know how to pronounce the words they’re using.
    So, for those who wish to pronounce the 2nd month ‘Feb-U-ary’, please yourselves. I expect you – collectively – have a problem with ‘li-brer-y’ as well, preferring to pronounce it ‘li-berry’. Do so, by all means, but in both cases, if those around you are stifling giggles, it is because you sound like a 4 year old.
    I freely admit my own speech is less than perfect (who can remember all those rules?) but I strive to speak my native tongue as best I can. It will give anyone an air of intelligence if they know when to correctly use ‘I’ or ‘me’, ‘who’ or ‘whom’, ‘further’ or ‘farther’, (the recently discussed) ‘take’ or ‘bring’ and – one of my personal favourites – ‘infer’ or ‘imply’.
    A parting thought: Sherryyu (above) worries that dictionary.com, “…is becoming religious.” She is clearly horrified by the idea and yet begins her exclamation – as heathen often do – with, ” o my god…”

    • Jiaonna -  January 13, 2016 - 7:01 am

      Shut up dang

      • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:26 pm

        you mean dawg?

    • Garcia -  February 1, 2016 - 7:53 am

      Thank you, Lady Kane. Your list of misused words is a list we share. To that please add ‘less’ and ‘fewer,’ the former of which is demonstrated in misuse in a comment below, which see. Also, there is a common mispronunciation that, to me, has the same effect as fingernails on a blackboard. ‘Our’ should be pronounced exactly the same as ‘hour.’ What I hear with almost every iteration is ‘are’ or ‘air’ or some indistinguishable vowel sound. If you form a Language Police Force, I shall volunteer to join you.

      • Greg seltzer -  February 3, 2016 - 2:01 pm


    • Alahnna -  February 1, 2016 - 8:40 am

      It’s not “Febuary” it’s “February” Just checking.

      • Jason Grace -  February 2, 2016 - 1:21 pm

        I believe she is saying that people say it as Febuary instead of February like a normal person should…. Those who say Febuary are ignorant… Now I must go deal with some Earthborn attacking CH(Camp Half-blood)

        • Bernard R -  February 3, 2016 - 10:59 am

          i better run down to the libary just to make sure.

        • Annabeth Chase -  February 4, 2016 - 8:32 am

          Do you have to keep shouting out our battle plans on the internet? I swear the only reason those hell-hounds were attacking with the Earthborne is because someone found this post. -.-

  14. DR_J -  March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

    I thought a more appropriate name for February would be “January: The Revenge”

    • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:27 pm


  15. DrakonzGamerZFTW -  February 16, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    ok, i take offense to everyone who is hating this now just because it has less days then every other month, because basically both of our most known presidents,(that dont live in the 21′st century…), Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, were born in this month. i am also born i February, and dont like to see hate comments over something stupid. please dont post things online that hurt people’s feelings- DrakonzGamerZFTW.
    P.S- this is my youtube name so check out my youtube channel!thanks,- DrakonzGamerZFTW.

    • MysteryToAll -  February 18, 2015 - 9:11 am

      My b-day is this month too!

      • Mantick -  February 25, 2015 - 4:38 pm

        Not much of a mystery now, huh shorty ?

      • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:28 pm


    • Minecraft -  February 22, 2015 - 2:46 pm

      I love minecraft.I think it’s good we know this stuff.

      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:24 am

        Why would you say that. It has nothing to do with February.

    • Gollikat -  February 23, 2015 - 9:33 pm

      Seriously?! Don’t post things that hurt your itty-bitty feelers?! People are just too sensitive these days. It hurts your feelings that someone doesn’t like your birth month?! Good grief! Get over it already.

      • Mantick -  February 25, 2015 - 4:32 pm

        Ya just hurt it’s feeling…ya big ape !!

      • Valerie -  February 26, 2015 - 1:27 pm

        It is absolutely absurd to me that someone would choose to be offended because someone doesn’t like the month that their birthday falls in. I’m not going to cry because someone doesn’t like September and that’s when my birthday is. I have ironically enough, been doing a paper on “Why the world got so sensitive?” for my college English class. Just as I was trying to enlighten myself by reading this article about February, my eyes happened to come across that comment. It reminded me all over again why the topic of my paper is all too relevant and needs to be written about. It brings true worry to me, that our world is breeding a generation of weak, overly emotional and sensitive people who cannot handle anything. I feel as though being “offended” has become a personality trait for some people and they are born into a world with overly attentive and involved parents who coddle and tell them that the world is unfair. Life is unfair, and life in general is going to hurt your feelings. To see someone offended by another not liking the month of February, is appalling and incredibly bothersome to me. If you’re upset over that, I cannot even imagine how you will be expected to handle something in the real world that is worth getting upset over.

        • Lisa g -  February 28, 2015 - 6:55 am

          Amen, sista!!!!!

        • JPBofOhio -  March 12, 2015 - 11:51 pm

          I certainly agree with Valerie about the hurt feelings trait. I think that it is often just an attention-seeking action. If I cry and moan about something the cameras may find me and put me on TV.

          Emotion makes good ratings. A recent example was the daughter of Marvin Gaye crying about the judgment for her in court. If she had not cried, the story would have been a quick blurb on the CNN ticker. But she showed emotion and got on TV.

          • D!$$3r -  May 28, 2015 - 6:18 pm

            They toughen up eventually, so why have an overblown dispute about this?

        • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:25 am

          This is true.

        • Bernard R -  February 3, 2016 - 11:22 am

          Finding you appalled and incredibly bothered by someone being offended by someone else’s dislike of February has got me seething with resentment.

        • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:28 pm

          that comment is way too long

    • Joel Dominic Stitt -  February 26, 2015 - 4:44 pm

      So is Michael Jordan’s birthday, but there are so many more, too.

  16. Niall@Official -  February 16, 2015 - 3:10 am

    pls follow me on Instagram @ilkaandrasi just wanna give to the FANS !!!!!!!

  17. THE PERSONE -  February 11, 2015 - 4:24 pm

    why do people actually comment on dictionary.com?????? also, this article SUCKS!

    • kevin -  February 12, 2015 - 9:35 am

      Hey, we need to study our past, live a better present and build a better future, we wont do that being ignorant , it is also very interesting. I guest we can remain lowest on the totem pole in education in the world or we can start getting involved.

      • DrakonzGamerZFTW -  February 16, 2015 - 1:47 pm

        SO TRUE!!! SO TRUE!!! but seriously i agree with kevin. the more we know about our past, the better that we can do in the future so we dont make the same mistake in the future. i dont want the trail of tears happening all over again. thats one of our worst doings in america. we need to stop fighting people. we are the united states not the shooting-each-other-in-the-face-states of america!!!!!!! at least DONT shoot people. its stupid. whats killing people going to do for you? i hope people from all over the world see this

    • @Niallofficial -  February 16, 2015 - 3:15 am

      please follow me love Ilka on instagram ilkaandrasi

      • @Niallofficial -  February 16, 2015 - 3:16 am

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    • mary -  February 17, 2015 - 11:02 am

      Why did you comment if you didn’t like the article and if you questioned why people actually comment on here?

    • Me -  February 23, 2015 - 3:04 pm

      No way!

    • Some guy -  April 8, 2015 - 5:36 am

      Says the only guy on here who actually has a profile…

      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:26 am

        Same here.

  18. Horses -  February 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    I translated the word ‘Neuf’ on the translater on Dictionary.com and it said it meant:
    1)new, unused

    • djh -  March 9, 2015 - 1:43 pm

      That is sick bro

  19. what -  February 9, 2015 - 2:34 am

    why do people comment on dictionary.com

    • Really Really -  February 11, 2015 - 1:32 pm

      because they want to

  20. Hi Lo -  February 4, 2015 - 3:32 pm

    Hi!!!!! :cute:

    • I am awesome -  February 5, 2015 - 4:08 pm

      Don’t be so mean.

    • THE PERSONE -  February 11, 2015 - 4:26 pm


  21. someone who actually studies this -  May 1, 2014 - 2:48 am

    Most of this article is wrong, I have not read all the comments so I do not know if this has already been said but of what I have read no-one has corrected it yet.
    The Roman calender did indeed have ten months for most of it’s history but January has always been part of it, although it was called unus (one) originally but became ianua (doorway) as it is the ‘doorway to the new year’.
    The months were originally named in numbers (one through ten) going unus, duos, tres, quattor and so on, this can still be seen in the months september through december although they are shifted two as July and August were added and named after Julius Caeser and his nephew augustus.
    My sources are: My studies as a third year latin student; the knowledge of a qualified latin teacher, a qualified classical language teacher (latin, classical greek, old egyptian), the oxford latin course textbook and several minutes of basic searching
    One example of the websites that I have found: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/history-of-august.html
    If you would like to argue this feel free but please use provide sources and links to websites, if used.

    • jazman -  June 27, 2014 - 8:27 am

      It was refreshing to finally read someone contesting the validity of this article. It had many inaccurate details contrary to fact. Similar to the reason why mythology was invented to describe things that don’t make sense, people made things up… but it doesn’t make it true.

      • RFFP -  February 2, 2015 - 2:17 pm

        I spotted a logical fallacie in your agument; Weak analogy

        • Really Really -  February 11, 2015 - 1:33 pm

          I want to reply to a reply to a reply

          • Really Really -  February 11, 2015 - 1:34 pm


          • rob -  February 4, 2016 - 12:24 am

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    • taylorswift22 -  February 2, 2015 - 10:44 pm


    • Oriana Giudici -  February 5, 2015 - 9:05 pm

      You know, if you want to be taken seriously, you might want to proofread your message. The object you mean is spelled “calendar”, not “calender”.
      And after a semi colon, the next word is not capitalized. And “they are shifted two” does not mean anything. Making such basic mistakes leads me to believe… well actually it leads me NOT to believe you, as it were.

      • rhubarb -  February 6, 2015 - 12:07 pm

        I don’t care what the guy’s views are, but (@you) that’s a rather shallow excuse to not read or acknowledge his input- which I think was a great addition to the comments section.

      • BC -  February 8, 2015 - 7:24 pm

        The poster you were replying to appears to have capitalized the word after a colon. The object you mean is “semi-colon” or “semicolon” not “semi colon”. Making such basic mistakes leads me to believe…well that you shouldn’t be so pedantic.

        • Nice One -  March 2, 2015 - 4:54 am

          Oh touché, BC, touché.

        • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:29 am

          Damn nice one BC.

      • Dolphins Rock SG -  February 1, 2016 - 5:36 am

        Please, do not say that, my head is going to burst! I can’t be mindful of all these points. Thanks for all your grammar information anyway. :o

    • I am awesome -  February 7, 2015 - 4:46 pm

      I ment you: someone who actually studies this

    • DrakonzGamerZFTW -  February 16, 2015 - 1:36 pm

      how did i get here =-/

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

    • A Greek Freak -  February 10, 2015 - 5:55 pm

      technically, Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, is married to Jupiter, but in Greek Mythology, Juno is actually Hera, Who is then married to Zeus (Jupiter, in roman mythology)

      • Jason Grace -  February 1, 2016 - 9:55 am

        She may be a goddess, but she is still annoying!

        • Bernard R -  February 3, 2016 - 11:34 am

          …that’s because in ancient Etruria, she was the Goddess of Annoyance.

  24. Nelson -  February 27, 2014 - 1:12 am

    I appreciate the comments given thanks to ol

    • love -  February 8, 2015 - 10:06 am


  25. sevilled -  February 26, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Being born In February, I’d rather be ‘PURIFIED’ than be covered with ‘MUD’

    • Demoness -  February 17, 2015 - 6:03 pm

      You do have a good point there…

  26. Jennifer -  February 24, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    New Zealand’s Februarys are long, hot and lazy. The school year begins, and we finish work early to drink in the sun together. On our days off, my brother plays cricket, my sister sunbathes at the beach and I go for bike rides with my friends. After February, Autumn begins, so it is the month to do those outdoor activities we’d been putting off over the holiday period. I always wished to be born in February – my friend in primary school was, and she had the best pool parties. Sadly, I was born in August. For five years in a row it snowed on my birthday. A couple of times I even postponed my birthday to February so we wouldn’t have to stay inside! February is definitely one of my favourite months.

    • Naomi -  February 2, 2015 - 9:20 am

      Only because you live in New Zealand, Jennifer. I live in Colorado, U.S.; February is one of our two most wintry months. Cold, blustery, and snowy. Though I was born in February, I try to spend my birthday in someplace other than home. :)

  27. Espen -  February 24, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Up here in Wisconsin, you can’t even see any mud. It is all covered with this stupid snow. Go away snow, go away.

  28. SkinnyJarrod -  February 22, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    FebruANYANY! 5 dollar footlongs!

  29. Elle'noir -  February 21, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Ides of March is the 15th of March. No idea why it’s called that, though/

  30. Bataan42 -  February 19, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    Surya Akella, Sanskrit and Latin both evolved from Proto Indo-European and there are similarities because of their shared ancestry. I do not think Sanskrit had much influence on Latin or Italian, or either the Julian or Gregorian calendars.

  31. hector the 3 ( fake name ) -  February 19, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    I like the new name better the old one was quit unusual but have a very good meaning behind it.

  32. Bruce -  February 18, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    I was taught at school that the Roman Calendar had 10 months – that’s why September was the 7th month, October the 8th, November the 9th and December the 10th – but they taught me that the extra 2 months were created by Julius Caesar (July) and Augustus Caesar (August) and that’s how it got to be 12 months and the “number” months got pushed out by 2. Now I don’t know what to believe. Seems strange that the calendar would be changed to make the last 2 months, the first 2 – but then there’s a few strange things about months, isn’t there?

  33. fenikkusu -  February 14, 2014 - 8:37 am

    There are tons of comments on this…lol. That is refreshing to see that people are thinking and learning and enjoying our language at its very roots.
    In the TV series Rome in the opening sequence of every show, they film (or likely show made up computer art work… whatever) the calendar. And they do show February and if I recall it shows two people and water being splashed and poured. I love it when Tv shows go to extremes in researching things. February also has the water sign of Aquarius where we see a man pouring a bowl of water.
    The comment I like best though on this page is a very simple comment. It sounds like it may have been posted by a youth, but there is beauty in simplicity as well so I appreciate it on all levels.
    It says:
    I like this site because it helps spell words if you dont know them.
    Being an adult writer, I completely agree with that!
    Rhyme and rhythm are my two most hated words to try to spell… even at my age and with my education. There is always a place to learn and further one’s education and we should all take that seriously.
    It would make an interesting article to find out which regular and simple words (not words that are looked up more frequently because of a current social trend like for instance inauguration in a year when a president is being elected) are most commonly looked up for simple spelling and definition most frequently. I bet rhyme and rhythm are both quite popular look-ups!

  34. Janus -  February 9, 2014 - 12:28 am

    I am calling February ‘Mud Month’ from now on. Who knows, maybe people around me will start calling it that too, and in 500 years we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th of Muduary?

    • Proper Grammar -  February 6, 2015 - 1:26 pm

      Makes sense.

  35. 123 -  February 6, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    now i feel bad. i was born in this month and it means the cabbage month, or something like that…

    • elberto -  February 2, 2016 - 7:04 pm

      123, please, don’t feel bad about the “cabbage month”/”mud month” . You are better off than one born on February 29, twenty years ago; how many birthdays has he had ?

  36. Itinerant Mind Full | Castle of Now -  February 4, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    [...] of frozen, it’s February, the long dreary time of year when your skin – my skin – screams no to everything (like [...]

    • bella -  February 5, 2015 - 12:24 pm

      um ok then

  37. wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 2, 2014 - 3:22 am

    Cool. (Literally. ;) )

  38. Kelsey -  February 1, 2014 - 9:11 am


    If there wasn’t an official January, you couldn’t have been born in January…

    You would have celebrated your birthday in March as that’s when you would have been technically born…

  39. Ebony the wolf -  February 1, 2014 - 1:00 am

    The wolves in my pack call this moon-circle (“month” for humans) the Moon-circle of Snowflowers, because it is the only moon-circle when snowflowers bloom. (Snowflowers are small white flowers that bloom only in snow.) I don’t like it because it’s so cold I can hardly feel my paws, not to mention it is part of the hunger moons of the Season of Snow. “Moon-circle of Mud” might work in some places, but where I live, we don’t have mud until the Moon-circle of New Leaves. (I think humans call it April.)

    • 666 -  May 13, 2014 - 7:42 am

      -.- wolf pack? -.-

  40. Caelo -  May 23, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    Hey Lila, you spelled Augustus, Octavian, and Caesar wrong. Just so you know. And October is not named for Octavian Caesar, it is named for the Latin word octo, meaning eight.
    Also WRONG!, if you’re going to transliterate Greek, please remember that an omega is an o, not a w, and don’t write it as such. The Romans adapted on the Greek numbers epta, okto, and ennia, forming sept, octo, and non.
    And Ember, the Romans created their calender system not in the 700s BC, but in the time of Julius Caesar (he was actually the one to create it, hence the name Julian calendar) just at the beginnings of the ADs. Os, 10s, 20s.

    • Aunty Mabel -  February 4, 2015 - 7:20 am

      k bye

      • daija oden -  February 3, 2016 - 2:14 pm

        Why do yall keep talking about stupid months my cousin was born in February……… so what??

        • daija oden -  February 3, 2016 - 2:16 pm

          That dosent make her less of a person now dose it just like people being born o the devil birthday well..nvm bad example but whatever.

  41. Caelo -  May 23, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Also, the Romans held another festival two days before, on February 13, called Lupercalia. Young men, called luperci, would run naked through the streets, while pregnant women and women hoping to become pregnant would stand nearby. The luperci held goat leather straps called februa, which they would slap on the women’s bellies. This was believed to help pregnant women with the delivery and help non-pregnant women become pregnant. So, February is the month of februa, magical fertility-inducing leather goatskin straps.
    #Anonymous up 6 or 7: Julius Caesar was never a Roman emperor. He was named dictator for life by the Senate, but he was never named emperor. His adopted nephew, Octavian Caesar, was named emperor later, and given the augnomen Augustus.

  42. Me -  May 3, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Just asking: If there were only 10 months, when would one celebrate a person’s birthday if they were born in January? (My birthday is January 16th, my sister’s the 25th, and my best friend the 31st. When will we party?)

  43. Sebastian -  March 3, 2013 - 9:48 am

    I hate February, because it’s my birthday month. I hate cold birthdays either. I wish my birthday was in a different month.

  44. JohnnyBot -  February 26, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    “Regarding the first post” btw

  45. JohnnyBot -  February 26, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Neuf actually means Nine

  46. thisismynamelol -  February 26, 2013 - 4:54 am

    You know what’s weird?
    My name means ‘pure’, and I was born in February, which apparently comes from a Roman festival of purification.

  47. Anonymous -  February 19, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    These are the origins of all the months (that I know of):
    January — Janus, the Greek god of beginnings, endings, and doors
    March — Mars, the Roman god of war
    June — Juno, the Roman queen of the gods and goddesses, also the wife of Zeus and the goddess of marriage
    July — Julius Caesar, a Roman emperor
    August — Caesar Augustus, another Roman emperor
    September — septem, which is the Latin number seven
    October — octo, which is the Latin number eight
    November — novem, which is the Latin number nine
    December — decem, which is the Latin number ten

  48. dhdhd -  February 19, 2013 - 8:23 am

    this sucks why does january have the extra days there is nothing wrong with february

  49. Winner -  February 16, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    This is so confusing but watever and the best month is December my b day im the best lol! :)

    • Hey -  February 24, 2015 - 2:18 pm

      Hey my birthday is also on December but mine is on December 4

  50. JustThatPerson -  February 16, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Oh, and to the Anonymous person who wrote “SAD also stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months due to a decrease in sunlight. However, it goes away when spring and summer return. (Just learned this in health class!!) I say, SAD sure does suit February well for that reason! Also, I was taught that February was pronounced “Feb-you-ary”. Our teachers even taught us that this was the correct pronunciation. Where in America do you pronounce the ‘r’?”
    It’s honestly an opinion. I live in the south, where most everybody ignores the ‘r’, but my friend up north said that most people pronounce it there. I ignore it sometimes, and pronounce it sometimes. =)

  51. JustThatPerson -  February 16, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Neat article. Not sure how accurate it is, but still interesting. February is the best month in my opinion since where I live the weather is really up and down and transitioning into Spring, but still Winter. And it’s my birthday month. :)

  52. Zachary -  February 15, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    “to the end of the calendar in order to conform to how long it actually takes the Earth to go around the Sun.” But it wasn’t until much later on, when the Copernican Theory was proven, that we knew the Earth revolved around the Sun. We believe Ptolemy’s theory that the Earth was stationary and the rest of the solar system revolved around it.

  53. Ahem... -  February 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Unamused, don’t be a jerk. This has nothing to do with gods or religioun. Go bug some Christians, will you?

  54. Diana -  February 15, 2013 - 8:41 am

    I think June is the best month !! Just saying !! well, it’s my Bday sooooo. And it’s the beginning of summer, which everyone should celebrate !! I <3 summer !! And i think February should be pronounced Feb-YOU-ary ! You don't read every single letter in every single word !! But everyone reads it how they are taught to say it !!! Everyone has their one opinion !!!

    Just saying :) :)

  55. Anonymous -  February 14, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    SAD also stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months due to a decrease in sunlight. However, it goes away when spring and summer return. (Just learned this in health class!!) I say, SAD sure does suit February well for that reason! Also, I was taught that February was pronounced “Feb-you-ary”. Our teachers even taught us that this was the correct pronunciation. Where in America do you pronounce the ‘r’?

  56. Anonymous -  February 14, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    The German word for month is Monat similar to the Olde English term Monath. It’s strange that so many languages are so similar, but that is because they are all derived greatly from Latin. I wonder why they all evolved into their own separate languages…I mean, they all would have evolved to a certain extent, but why are some vocabulary and grammatical aspects so different between those languages? I find these kinds of things so intriguing!

  57. Mandar -  February 14, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    The Greagarian calendar system has been inspired from Indian Calendar:

    In Sanskrit

    Sapta-Ambar means Seventh Sky (Hence SEPTember)
    Ashta – Ambar means Eighth sky (Ehnce Octomber— Later changed to OCTOber)
    Nov -Ambar means Ninth Sky (Hence NOVember)
    Dash -Ambar means Tenth Sky (Hence DECember)

    The night skies are changing as per these months especially the glory of moon and its galactical positions. Hence the names have been given keeping sky in mind.

  58. YourMom -  February 14, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Happy Singles Awareness Day Everyone

  59. ZTbhe -  February 13, 2013 - 9:40 pm


  60. Jeffrey -  February 13, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    In February, there’s a holiday everyone knows; Valentine’s Day!!! It is also known as Sad (Singles Awareness Day). Nowadays, I call the holiday SAD, and I just end up laughing knowning that some individuals don’t know what I’m talking about… :)

  61. little_Burgers_&_Zombies -  February 13, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    IS it true that cabbage makes you fart really REALLY bad?

  62. I_don't_like_cabbage -  February 13, 2013 - 9:30 am

    No kidding…cabbage???!!! :(

    and btw ‘neuf’ in french is either NINE or NEW

  63. Tolkien linguistics rock! -  February 12, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Did any hobbit-lovers out there notice that the old English name was Solmonath? In the Shire the second month of the year was called Solmath! :)
    (See The Return of the King, appendix D)

    Sorry. I saw that and just had to throw that out there.

  64. Giulio -  February 12, 2013 - 10:04 am

    To our friend Ms Byrnes who believes the ladies, and particularly the GODDESS FREYA has been slighted, take heart! FRIDAY is her name sake. Rule of thumb: Thank the ROMANS for what we call our months, and the Norse for weekdays ;-)

  65. Anonymous -  February 12, 2013 - 8:40 am


  66. Anonymous -  February 12, 2013 - 8:36 am

    I say OCTOBER is cool, but SEPTTEMBER is plain weird. Good thing they changed it to SEPTEMBER! December is nice, July, August, and June are good times to go to the beach, April, May, and March are the good old spring days, January and February are chilly, and September, October, and November are raking time days.

  67. Liberals are Evil -  February 12, 2013 - 6:19 am

    February sucks!!!

  68. K Ramanathan -  February 12, 2013 - 1:25 am

    In the ancient Sanskrit language too

    dve is Two
    treeni is Three
    sapta is Seven
    ashta is Eight
    nava is Nine
    dasa is Ten

    Not sure, like in Roman calendar, Sanskrit also had 10 months!

  69. zalman -  February 10, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    If there were 14 months I would be 15 years younger.

  70. Josh -  February 10, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Febuary is not how you spell pizza.

  71. Kat-chan -  February 10, 2013 - 3:03 am

    For all you grammar Nazis griping about how everyone says “feb-you-airy,” since when was English pronounced the way it’s spelled? Do you say “colonel” like “colon-el” or “kernel”? You say “kernel.” Linguists call it dissimilation, and it’s one of the many natural and ineluctable processes of language evolution. When the same two consonants that have long-distance acoustic effects (such as /r/ and /l/) appear in the same word, often one of the consonants becomes dissimilar. So in “colonel” the first /l/ became an /r/ to distinguish it from the second /l/, and in “February” the first /r/ became a /j/ to distinguish it from the second /r/. Alternatively, if one analyzes “February” as /feb rju eri/ instead of /feb ru eri/ then it would appear that the /r/ has only dropped out instead of morphing into /j/. Often in English, if /r/ appears twice in a word, the first will drop out completely. “Berserk,” “surprise,” “particular,” and “governor” are all often pronounced without the first /r/. It’s not just so that “February” can rhyme with “January”, although rhyming is another natural process of language change and that may have had an influence in this case.

    Dissimilation happens to a lot of words in many languages. Call it “laziness” if you like, the fact remains that pronunciation does change over time and that’s the reason all words today sound the way they do. In Middle English, “seldom” used to be “seldon” but because /l/ and /n/ are so similar in that they are both alveolar sonorants, they dissimilated into /l/ and /m/. If the orthography of “seldom” had been canonized only a little earlier, it would still be spelled with an “n” and prescriptive grammarians (a.k.a. grammar Nazis) would insist on everyone pronouncing it that way. Language is always changing, and there is no reason to believe that the way our grandparents spoke is better than the way kids speak today, or the way that people spoke a thousand years ago. So instead of judging people as stupid for the way they speak, isn’t it better to make oneself smarter by taking a course on linguistics so one can understand how language actually works? Instead of just feeling smart for remembering a rule one learned in 3rd grade, one might actually become smarter by learning to think about language scientifically. It doesn’t even require that much effort. There is nothing in my diatribe that couldn’t be learned from reading the short Wikipedia article on “dissimilation,” so how lazy does that make those who choose to judge instead of educate themselves?

  72. Sage Amberly -  February 10, 2013 - 2:57 am

    WHY was February ever called ‘Cabbage month’???? ^_^

  73. Rose Wilder -  February 10, 2013 - 2:45 am

    “Mud Month” is a good name for February because there’s so much rain & snow it gets really muddy . . .;-)

  74. Awesomesauce -  February 9, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    In response to Cat’s comment: Julius Caesar came before Augustus. Because Augustus is Julius’ nephew. So how could Augustus name his month first? Julius Caesar was murdered before Augustus was emperor. So, Julius named his month first. Then Augustus.

  75. Michael -  February 8, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    “…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…”-In Ancient Greece, the geocentric model of the universe was the most common one, which according to the Sun went around the Earth.

  76. Victor -  February 8, 2013 - 7:14 am

    I thought the former New Year began on April 1 and hence April Fools – for those that didn’t get it… :)

  77. kitkat -  February 8, 2013 - 6:14 am


  78. Storm -  February 7, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Friday is indeed named after two norse gods, Freya and her twin brother Freyr.

  79. AwesomeGurl. -  February 7, 2013 - 2:26 am

    wow. this is soo….. historical!

  80. ? -  February 6, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    feburay has 28 days becuase emprer ausutus named august but he was anoyed that july had more days than august so he took 1 day off feburary and stuck it on august

  81. -_- -  February 6, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    @unamused (feb. 2) —

    a lot of things were named after ancient gods. just because your opinion is your own, it doesn’t make you correct. for example, you may think that the earth is a perfect sphere. that does not make you correct ( there are mountains, valleys, hills, canyons, etc.). and also, this is a history lesson. THIS IS NOT TELLING YOU THAT YOU MUST BELIEVE IN MYTHS. however, you should respect others and their beliefs.

    everything is not named after some “god.” many things are named after the people who invented or found them, like fahrenheit and pascals.

  82. DISHA -  February 6, 2013 - 2:08 pm


  83. kanaya -  February 6, 2013 - 10:29 am

    i did not know that this is some very interesting facts that i did not know about that why i like this website

  84. Laura -  February 5, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    I think most people who say “Feb-you-airy” just havent looked to see how the word is spelled. Read people, READ!

  85. Pmcauley -  February 5, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Are you saying that Numa Pompilius, in 700s BC, knew that the Earth revolved around the sun?

  86. Ziad Elmadbouh -  February 5, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    So Why Did they move march to january? and what was february odd name?

  87. l -  February 5, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    it is september

  88. jhotch -  February 4, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    Lazy, if you’re going to repost an article from last year, you should at least edit it so it makes sense for this year. For 2013, there are only 28 days not 29.

  89. daniel -  February 4, 2013 - 5:45 am



  90. daniel -  February 4, 2013 - 5:44 am

    I like this site because it helps spell words if you dont know them.

  91. Ember -  February 3, 2013 - 12:44 am

    I have trouble believing this article. It implies that we believed in a heliocentic (revolving around the sun) solar system back in 700 BC, but the idea wasn’t proposed until centuries later, and not accepted for over a millenia. Until the advancement of science through the renassiance, it was believed (especially by the church) the our universe was geocentric (revolved around the Earth).

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  93. Hiroshima Yakatoma -  May 26, 2012 - 3:34 am

    What about june? Isn’t there a goddess for june? Because.Im born on june!

  94. WRONG -  May 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    oktw is eight in greek
    epta (or septa) is seven
    and deka is ten

    The names of the months came from when the Romans did a cleansing of culture, including their language, and added more Greek to Latin!

  95. Kim W -  May 11, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    I don’t understand the hubbub concerning February’s pronunciation. Whether it is feh-BROO- ehry or feh-BYOO- ehry shouldn’t that be left to the desire of the speaker.

    The spoken word cant always be as sweet to the ears as it is to the eyes.

    Along with the origin of the word, knowing the true tale is not a necessity of life just trivia, something to be aware of and if it just so happens to be a hundred and one stories explaining it, so be it. we can all choose which ever assumes the best reason in our minds, and the article can only list so much.

  96. i love februray -  May 11, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    cool February is the best month every cool stuf happens in this month i love it

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  98. DC Fawcett -  April 24, 2012 - 6:46 am

    I don’t like the month of February. We always get soooo much snow. Thanks for the article, it was interesting to find out about the month. Cheers.

  99. Killa-D-#1 -  March 16, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Mah fav0rite month is May cuz it’s my birthday and i love spring:)

  100. diamond -  March 14, 2012 - 3:17 am

    My fav mnth June coz its my birth month….is named after a Roman Goddess Juno yay me!!!!

  101. Nobody in particular -  March 7, 2012 - 2:04 am

    Don’t use this for a messaging site- that’s what facebook is for.

  102. MARY TORRES -  February 15, 2012 - 10:07 am

    hi everyone :)

  103. dame -  February 14, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    hoho.. now, that’s a lot of fun to me.. February is my month (the 13th) :)

  104. o -  February 13, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    But February is still filled with snow in Buffalo (where I live)

  105. MARY TORRES -  February 13, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    i guss not well ill text ya then lol cant hide from me lol

  106. MARY TORRES -  February 13, 2012 - 1:45 pm

    hey were ya go helloooww hether r u still there?

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  108. MARY TORRES -  February 13, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    wow thats crazy me 2

  109. mala que loca -  February 13, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    its going good getting ready for the OGTS STRSSED OUT YO ::::)

  110. mary torres -  February 13, 2012 - 1:41 pm


  111. mary torres -  February 11, 2012 - 6:10 pm


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  113. mary torres -  February 11, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    u guys are wird! :0

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  114. 조남주 -  February 10, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Wonder what the old name for September….

  115. K. -  February 9, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    There’s an “R” in FebRuary for a reason- pronounce it!

  116. Silverchild -  February 6, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    In Greece we have a saying: Even if February februarises, we’ll smell of summer.

  117. matt -  February 4, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    @Surya Akella

    The names of the months were coined long after Sanskrit, Latin and Greek separated (which was between the fourth to seventh millennium BC.) All three languages were born from the same mother, the Indo-European proto language, which explains why Sanskrit shares some common roots with Latin. However, Sanskrit certainly had nothing to do with the coining of the Western months.

  118. ruby -  February 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

    What about the number of days in each month? The explanation I have heard goes like this: The original 12 months alternated between 30 and 31 days, except February which had 29 days (30 in a leap year). When the seventh and eight months were renamed July and August it was felt that the month named after Augustus should not have fewer days than the one named after Julius. So one day was taken from February and added to August. The days in the remaining months were then swapped to return to the alternate pattern. Or something like that.

  119. qwert yuiop -  February 4, 2012 - 8:41 am

    i think february is a rubbish month and why is april called april cos thts my bday

  120. JPOM22 -  February 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

    so much misinformation, the mind boggles. i STRONGLY suggest you all take an hour or two to watch a free movie online: zeitgeist – it explains the commonality of ALL religions and/or mythology planet-wide.

    the only thing i would draw attention to is SOLmonath – a little digging (no pun intended) into etymological circles afforded me the info that SOL means mud OR sun, depending upon how you pronounce this Old English phoneme. the blog on which i discovered this info claimed that February sees gardens and fields turn muddy in merry old england. dunno how it is there but here in the colonies, at the same latitude, february sees rock-hard frozen ground which doesn’t thaw until the end of march to april.

    to be fair, that website does suggest that the longer days start FEELING longer in february, hence the name solmonath might refer to the sun, not mud. but who knows for sure, eh mates?

  121. J -  February 4, 2012 - 5:19 am

    Great stuff!
    But why does everyone keep commenting about the French words none and nine? Seriously, by the context, its pretty obvious it was a typo- I read it as nine before I had to go back and check. dumb and unnecessary to correct.

  122. bob -  February 4, 2012 - 3:52 am

    You’d think the origin of the word would interest the pagans who like to read these stories. After all, the word comes from the pagan Romans. One pagan here even invoked God to express her fear of religous posts. Gotta love the pagans!

  123. Nobody in particular -  February 4, 2012 - 1:48 am

    Unamused, who cares if ancient men were religious??? It didn’t hurt them and it doesn’t hurt us.
    Also, pronouncing February Feb-you-airy ROCKS!!!! And Spike, its not just Americans who pronounce it that way.
    who, the info seeker are you Australian? Cos you said things like crikey a lot

  124. Lynette Kelsey -  February 3, 2012 - 11:03 pm

    February is the best month because I was born in February :-)

  125. Nancy.okoro -  February 3, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    Feb-you-airy…………:/, Doesn’t make sense. Buh feb-roo-airy……hmmm:>makes sense!

  126. Surya Akella -  February 3, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Well, actually, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER originated from Sanskrit language. The word September can be divided into two words SEPT which comes from Sanskrit word SAPTA or seven. AMBER, not as in the fossilized resin, AMBER in Sanskrit means The Sky. So, September means Seventh month, October means the Eighth month, November means ninth month and December means tenth month. Now, people might think why do we have these names which denote the months wrong, according to today’s standards, but the answer can be found in the above article. It says that there were originally 10 months and January and February were added later on and that’s why the names.

  127. Howard Juno -  February 3, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Here’s fodder for the haters: Ninnies who call it feb-yoo-airy are the same lot who hang the toilet paper rolls backward (toward the wall). Just bad all ’round!

  128. corey -  February 3, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    thanks guys

  129. corey -  February 3, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    huh i don’t know what you are talking about

  130. Larissa -  February 3, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    I was born in February. :] Which is like what 23 days away? (February 25) :D

  131. Jeanna -  February 3, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    @kristine byrne- As stated above, it was the Romans who had the Februa festival and the god Februus. Freya was a Norse goddess. It’s not women being washed from history, it’s that part of history happening at such a time when they were not interrelated.

    @Spike- it’s not just Americans who mispronounce February, so you can’t logically or reasonably say it’s “typical American laziness.”

    @Unamused- Rhetorically, you can’t say an opinion is right or wrong. It’s an opinion, and only facts are right or wrong. So the “fact” that you’re opinion is always right is wrong.

    And for my own comment, without challenging or criticizing someone else’s comment(s), I think February is awesome, regardless of where it’s name came from. What other month has a varying number of days? What other month has a name that you can use to make fun- or politely correct- those who mispronounce it? When else shall we ask the groundhog to rise up and give a weather report (usually inaccurate, but fun nonetheless)? When else do I get to say “I have little less than a month before my birthday?” No other month!

  132. Jwanaka -  February 3, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    March 1 is Justin Birthday! It should be a holiday!

  133. Lando Calrissian -  February 3, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Why has nobody mentioned how the rearranging of the months is all due to the Illuminati? Think about it: classical deities, numbers, the sun. It is well-known, though still very much covered-up, that Caesars Julius and Augustus were both Freemasons, and the word “illuminati” is from the Latin. People don’t realize that this shadowy group controls even the calendar.

  134. TETO -  February 3, 2012 - 12:02 pm


  135. Bonnie -  February 3, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Note to “Unamused on February 2, 2012 at 10:01 am”:

    OF COURSE the months – and just about anything else the ancients came in contact with – were named after their gods. Mythology wasn’t just a bunch of stories to these people… it was their way of life.

    Fact #1: Throughout history, man has always tried to sense of his world, and has struggled to logically explain WHY things happen. Being able to do so gave him a feeling of control, when everything else in his life seemed so hopelessly BEYOND his control.

    Fact #2: Whatever man could NOT explain caused him to FEAR. And fear was a REALLY BIG DEAL to ancient man.

    Therefore, given Facts 1 and 2, man invented Mythology. By blaming the “gods” for the unexplainable, he was able sense of the world, and could justify why stuff happened. By attributing the sun rising and setting to mystical chariots dragging light and darkness across the skies; or by sending off the dead to whirl in a vast, underground river for eternity; early mankind had created organization.

    And to honor his gods (because if he didn’t…OH-OH!!), man prayed, offered sacrifices, built temples and monuments, and named stuff after them – including (but not limited to) the months of the year.

    And sure, lots of people today find solace in religion (which is really just modern-day mythology, right?). But think about it… life doesn’t always make sense – just turn on CNN and tell me that man has nothing to worry (or pray?) about. Hey, if people want look for comfort in their God, let them do so. If it helps them cope, where’s the harm?

    And, on a lighter note, when things didn’t go the way he wanted them to, I’m sure there were quite a few ancient Greeks who sometimes uttered under their collective breath, “Zeus-dammit!!!”

  136. who, the info seeker -  February 3, 2012 - 7:29 am

    crikie! you guys/gals have confused the croc out of me, awesome site, love it, whats the real facts but?????????????? who is right here???? how many new years have we had all up since the calender began???????, The folllowing is all i know about,, april 1st,, march 1st, jan 1st,, I know when the new year changed from april 1st to jan 1st in the 1500′s sometime,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,(I THINK), alot of people refused to go with jan 1st as the new year and still celebrated new year on april 1st, the people that went with the new year on jan 1st, played pranks on those that didn’t, and proceeded to call them the april fools, which is how april fools day came about, from the change of date for the beggining of the new year, SO WHO IS CORRECT HERE???? ANYONE!!!!

  137. Anton -  February 3, 2012 - 4:14 am

    Can’t help but notice the similarity between the Old English word for month, monath, and the current Scandinavian word for month, monad. Same origin for sure!

  138. abreham -  February 3, 2012 - 2:49 am

    i am from Ethiopia ,we have our own calendar that has 12 months & 5 days

    once in every 4 years the it becomes 12 month & 6 days, and also we are at 2004 AD at this time

    kind regards

  139. sam -  February 3, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Wow…never had a background check on ma history pages…..nice work there….but still am a fan of Dan Brown….’Cause so many things have been hidden by other authorities

  140. Siti -  February 2, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    I think it is quite cool! =)

  141. Santiago -  February 2, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    In response to Uh…’s comment, it is true that July and August were in fact named after Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, but those months weren’t added because of them. Before they were called “July” and “August” they were Quinctilis and Sextilis respectively. They were the fifth and sixth month in the ten month Roman calendar (Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Iunius, Quinctilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, December). June was Iunius because technically the Latin alphabet did not have a “J” and all names that we have translated as starting with a “J” actually started with an “I” like “Iulius Caesaris.”

    Quinctilis was renamed July (“Iulius” in Latin) because Julius Caesar was born on that month, and Sextilis was renamed August (“Augustus” in Latin) because that was Augustus Caesar’s favorite month. Though Augustus was interestingly enough born on the 23rd of September, some of his more important political victories occurred in the month of “Sextilis,” such as his election to the office of consul in 43 B.C. on the 19th of that month and his defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in Alexandria, Egypt in 30 B.C. on the first of that month.)

  142. Santiago -  February 2, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    In response to Kristine Byrne’s comment, Freyya has nothing to do with the Roman Calendar, but rather with the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) calendar. The Romans had no knowledge of Germanic gods and goddesses and therefore it would make no sense for them to name a month after one. And Freya hasn’t been buried and forgotten since her name is in fact the etymological source of the day Friday (in the English days of the week) and Freitag (in the German days of the week). For the majority of the Romance languages “Friday” is named after Roman goddess of fertility, Venus: Venerdi (Italian) Viernes (Spanish), Vendredi (French), and Vineri (Romanian). The real question should be why English speaking countries name their days of the week after Anglo Saxon gods (with the exception of Saturday) and yet adhere to the Western tradition of using Roman inspired names for the months.

  143. mary -  February 2, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    I love the fact that there are twelve months. I couldn’t t imagen the year with!!out all twelve!

  144. Kayla -  February 2, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    **in theory
    ((Sorry, I didn’t catch that ;P ))

  145. Kayla -  February 2, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    I theory, we wouldn’t have to rearrange the months so much if we just changed New Years.

    1. March 2. April 3. May 5. June 5. July 6. August 7. September 8. October 9. November 10. December 11. January 12. February

    I think it would make more sense that way, since Spring starts around that time. Haha, we would be beginning a new year along with everything else. A fresh start!

  146. Bubbles -  February 2, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    I thought the two month that were added were June and July after Zues (Jupiter in Roman mythology) and Hera (Juno in Roman mythology).

  147. toadstool -  February 2, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    July (month of my b-day) comes from Julius. I don’t know if he was a god or if he was Julius Caesar, I just know it was from Julius.

  148. g. louize -  February 2, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    I think his “none” instead of “nine” was most likely a typo.. I found that comment more interesting than the article itself!

  149. Calmeo -  February 2, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Whoa, girl calm down

    Anyway, thanks for the info, this will help on my science project

  150. lila -  February 2, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    did you guys know that they actually named the months after ALL the ceaser people? like August is Augustis Ceaser and October is Octivan Ceaser. (they are the same people. that shows how smart they are! :P not to be mean or anything.)

  151. Me too -  February 2, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    neuf is nine in French…not none…that’s aucun…

  152. Cat -  February 2, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    There’s a great book about time and how our Western calendar came about. I *think* it was “Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar,” by Duncan Steel. A really fascinating look at Western history through the lens of our modern calendar!

  153. Cat -  February 2, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Augustus Caesar added his month (August) first. Then, later, when Julius Caesar wanted his “own” month, he stuck his right in front of Augustus’s to “top” him! Great story.

  154. baller -  February 2, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    february is also one month away from march madness basketball

  155. hootan -  February 2, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    that’s interesting for me.we don’t use AD calender in IRAN,we use solar calender that has 12 months.our spring starts on March and our first month is FARVARDEN that begins in middle of March.next month is Ordebehisht,then Khordad,Tir,Mordad,Shahrivar,Mehr,Aban,Azar,Day,Bahman,Asfand,which any of them has its own story.
    I hope u like it.lol

  156. Nshera -  February 2, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Okay, what about April!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? :-(

  157. FEBRUARY | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  February 2, 2012 - 12:53 pm

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  158. Vixx Secundus -  February 2, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    I think it should be called Secunduary for the 2nd month, but I am partial to that name. : )

  159. Vicaari -  February 2, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Very interesting article

    @ Ryan: Yes, ten months–decimal– like b4 would be nice! Gt idea Ryan!!!

    @Anyone…: These gods are not religious but mythological from Classical Mythology, both Greek & Roman


  160. Kate -  February 2, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Kiltpin is right. The correct pronounciation of February is Feb-roo-ary

  161. John -  February 2, 2012 - 10:34 am

    @kristine byrne: Actually, Freya named Friday, not February.

  162. Jay -  February 2, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Cool stuff! So far the “religos” have been quiet. Sherryyu; D.com is not “becoming” religious, they are merely relating history. Simmer down! I thought Friday was named after Freya although I could be wrong…

  163. amilton -  February 2, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Did the romans already have notion of Heliocentrism at that time? Because it says “the second king of Rome [...] added january and february [...] to conform the to how long it actually takes the Earth to go around the Sun.

    Since i know, it was still before Ptolomaeus’ geocentrism prototype.

  164. Unamused -  February 2, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Isn’t it funny how everything is named after some sort of ‘god’? How ridiculous. The thought of some sort of ‘being’ who determines your fate. Or just is there. All around us. Invisible. Why is it invisible? Because it doesn’t even exist. I mean, who thinks up these ridiculous fables? Or even more ridiculous, the gods of mythology. I know, they’re MYTHS. But it just shows that history repeats itself. Humans will always seek comfort in some type of crap. In this case, some idol to worship. But hey, it’s my opinion. Just saying. But my opinion is right. It always is.

  165. Benjamin -  February 2, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Actually, those months are named after Latin terms. This is especially evident since French is a descendant language of Latin, and that the calendar was written in Roman times.

    SEPTember septum is 7 (like septuplets)
    OCTober octum is 8 (like octagon)
    NOvember nonne is 9 (like nonagon)
    DECEMber decem is 10 (like decagon or decameter)

  166. Franche -  February 2, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Neuf = NINE in French and aucune = nothing.

  167. Evans -  February 2, 2012 - 9:21 am

    This is wise.

  168. Language Guy -  February 2, 2012 - 9:08 am

    February is pronounced “feb-you-airy” because we often say it right after January, which is, of course, “jan-you-airy.” This sort of sound change often happens with lists, and is found in languages around the globe.

  169. coldbear -  February 2, 2012 - 9:06 am

    Interesting article. I knew about the other months, but I somehow missed February. And great comment by Me above.
    To add to it, July and August is for Julius & Augustus Caesar, from the Roman World.

  170. FebBabe -  February 2, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Perhaps adding 2 months to the Roman calandar is where the confusion lies when referencing Christ’s Birthday, Just a thought (theologically speaking)

  171. Ptron -  February 2, 2012 - 8:55 am

    Then January and February should have been Undecimber and Duodecimber. I suppose further differentiating these two additional months from December brought greater variety and clarity to the months of the year. :)

    Aren’t the other months named after gods? Surely there are enough gods in the Roman pantheon. Perhaps they did not feel compelled to honor any other gods.

  172. Evan -  February 2, 2012 - 8:49 am

    September through December derive from the old Roman names for seven through 10, because they were months seven through 10 when the new year started in March.

    And July and August were Quintilis (fifth) and Sextilis (sixth) even though the new year was switched to January in 450 BC.

    They were changed by Augustus to honor Julius Caesar (Quintilis –> July) because he was born in that month, and Sextilis to August in 8BC.

  173. Bonnie -  February 2, 2012 - 8:25 am

    According to the article, Numa Pompilius added our (now) first and second months as filler, so the Roman calendar could catch up with Earth’s annual revolution around the sun – that way, the year would be approximately 365 days long, as it is today. The calendar was eventually reworked into 30 or 31 day months to coincide with lunar cycles, as is our January with 31 days.
    In a normal year, March through January’s days add up to only 337. So, if you back into the equation, the (then) last month of the year, now known as February, plays catch-up with only 28 days – completing the 365 days for a full solar year.
    So…”what do [I] think of February?” If the original Roman “Februa” meant purification (cleansing, clean-up, etc.), then it would stand to reason that these extra 28 days were tacked on as sort of a year-end clearance, in preparation for the new year’s emergence of Spring (= rebirth, renewal, etc.). I guess we’re not so different from the ancient Romans then, when we have our “year-end clearance sales,” which also make room for the New Year’s (and capitalism’s) inventory of goods to sell.

  174. kiera -  February 2, 2012 - 7:34 am

    I mean March 1

  175. kiera -  February 2, 2012 - 7:34 am

    My birthday (March 10) would have been the start of the new year. So technically I was born January 1. Awesome!!

  176. Spike -  February 2, 2012 - 7:21 am

    The word “February” is pronounced fe-broo-airy by some and MISPRONOUNCED feb-you-airy by others. It’s a simple matter of typical American laziness.

  177. Eduardo -  February 2, 2012 - 7:08 am

    For us in Brazil, February is rainy, but at the same time it’s hot all time and besides, it’s the month of Carnaval… Yay!
    Here, we used to say that the year does not begin untill the end of Carnaval, which is the Feb 21st this year, because the schools are in summer break as from December and classes would restart (sometimes) one week before the Carnaval and most students used to skip these… In a similar way, if you were to find a job, most probably would have to wait because the companies would not hire anyone between Christmas and Carnaval.
    Nowadays, things changed and my kids are already at school 3 weeks before Carnaval. Also, I was invited for a job interview in late january, though I am well employed.
    I guess perception of the months do change along the years, like everything else.

    Cheers from the Tropics (30ºC right now)

  178. Phlondar -  February 2, 2012 - 7:01 am

    They should re-arrange the months

  179. Rustgold -  February 2, 2012 - 6:31 am

    Judging from old blogs, we’re about to have a bunch of complete morons writing religious garbage.
    My message to all is to cut that garbage because it makes you all look stupid.

    Btw : I hope this blog is more accurate than some we’ve seen here (don’t know enough about February history to judge).

  180. Mister Wyman -  February 2, 2012 - 6:17 am

    Third sentence should read:

    “By moving the “r” forward..

  181. Mister Wyman -  February 2, 2012 - 6:10 am

    Linguistic assimilation accounts for the pronunciation feb-yoo-airy. The phonemes on either side of the “r” are both pronounced near the front of the mouth while the vowel “u” is pronounced near the rear. By moving the “u” forward it is assimilated with the adjacent sounds, becoming an “i” or “y” sound. We are all familiar with butter becoming budder – the same process.

  182. Kiltpin -  February 2, 2012 - 4:17 am

    February, should be pronounced Feb-roo-airy, it should never ever be Feb-you-airy to rhyme with Jan-you-airy!

  183. Uhh.. -  February 2, 2012 - 3:41 am

    I thought August and July were added later because of Julius and Augustus Caesar. Enlighten me here…

  184. kristine byrne -  February 2, 2012 - 1:19 am

    I don’t believe the above…completely airbrushes the GODDESS FREYA after whom Feb . was called…Just another example of women being washed from history…

    • Bernard R -  February 3, 2016 - 11:47 am

      I just realized I’m responding to a Kristine of 4 years ago. Anyway, doesn’t Freya have a day–Freya’s day, aka Friday (considered by many to be the best day)–every damn week?
      BTW, April. APRIL!?! Could someone please tell me just what the hell April is?

  185. nooB -  February 2, 2012 - 1:14 am

    Then whats FEBruary?

  186. kiffiekat -  February 2, 2012 - 12:56 am

    Septem = 7 in Latin
    Octo = 8 in Latin
    Novem = 9 in Latin
    Decem = 10 in Latin

    Which makes sense, as you said, because there were 10 months, but also because the Romans spoke Latin. :D

  187. ryan -  February 1, 2012 - 11:07 pm

    i wish there’s only ten months like what it is before…….he..he.he…..imagine!!!!

  188. kiana -  February 1, 2012 - 8:03 pm

    neuf actually means nine in french; not none.

  189. sherryyu -  February 1, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    oh my god now dioc.com is becoming religious anyway good arti.

    • Why -  May 13, 2015 - 6:21 pm

      what makes you think that dictionary.com is becoming religious and why is expressing their first amendment rights a bad thing?

  190. Me -  February 1, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    SEPTtember should be SEPTember

  191. Me -  February 1, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    The word “February” is pronounced fe-broo-airy by some and feb-you-airy by others. That is interesting–I think it is a case of sound change, but I do not know (maybe it is dialectal thing?).
    Also this is interesting:
    OCTober oct means eight (octopus, octagon)
    SEPTtember sept means seven in French
    NOVember the nov represents nine (neuf is none in French)
    DECember the dec represents ten

    That made sense when there were only ten months.

    • TY fischel -  February 4, 2016 - 4:33 pm



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