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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2 thoughts to “Wrong Names of Months”

  1. It was the 10th month till Julius Caesar added 2 months before September, the 7th month. These were July and August (named after Julius and Augustus Caesars). That relegated Oct, Nov and Dec, the 8th,9th and 10th months to become the 10th, 11th and 12th months…

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