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Posted on Thursday 22 July 2010 at 10:16 am

Rearranging the months


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I have decided that March needs to be the first month of the year. It makes so much more sense.

First, from a general perspective, if March is the first month, then the seasons make more sense. The first three months, March, April, and May, would then essentially be spring and so on through the year. June, July, and August are summer, September, October, and November are fall, and December, January, and February are winter. It keeps things grouped nicely. Of course, Southern Hemisphere people need to shift the seasons two places up, but the general principle still stands.

Second, from the perspective of a speaker of the English language, the numbered months would be correct again. SEPTember could go back to being the seventh month rather than the ninth. OCTober would be eight, NOVember would be nine, and DECember would be ten.

Doesn't that make more sense? Who will join me in my campaign to reorder the months on the calendar?

Once we are successful here, my next campaign shall be to convince people that the equinoxes and solstices are more the mid points of their respective seasons than the first days, but are actually irrelevant to the way humans think of and experience seasons.
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What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:27 pm on 22 July 2010 (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. It's always bugged me that Midsummer's Day is the first day of summer. WTH?
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:56 am on 27 July 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the midsummer thing really bugs me. Glad I'm not the only one with issues with the whole thing!
train_lindz
train_lindz at 2:41 pm on 22 July 2010 (UTC) (Link)
I agree fully.

Springtime in French is printemps and since it starts with PRI it obviously needs to be at the beginning of the year.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:57 am on 27 July 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Oh good. I wasn't being all English-language centric and biased. Actually, I think there are multiple languages that have names of the months for September to December that retain the old Latin number roots, but it is good to have even more to back up our argument.


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