Wrong Names of Months

It was in Vienna that I met Prof. Jellinek. He was a linguist. We were discussing calendars for some time – Gregorian calendar, Julian calendar, Hindu calendar, Chinese calendar etc. Then suddenly he popped this question at me.

‘Don’t you think it is strange. December is the twelfth month of year. And do you know what word meaning ten. Therefore, decalitre would mean ten litres and decade means ten years. December then should be tenth month. But it isn’t. How do you explain it?

What do you think my answer was?

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