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Today, let's learn the roots of each month.
We sometimes introduce English trivia during lessons at English Plus.
For instance, in the TOEIC lesson, there is a lesson about "prefix", and one of the topics is "Octo."
Octo means eight in Latin, and with the prefix "Octo", we can imagine vocabulary like "Octopus."
Octopus has eight tentacles, and its name is Octopus.
However, October is not the eighth month of a year but the tenth month of a year.
Why is it?
Actually, there used to be 10 months in a year but now there are 12 months in a year.
There are some hypothesis why it happened, and here's one of them.
・January from God Janus
・February from God Fabulus
・March from God Mars
・April from Goddess Aphrodite
・May from Goddess Maia
・June from Goddess Juneau
・July from Roman politician "Julius Caesar"
・August from was a Roman statesman "Augustus"
・September from Sept = 7 in Latin
・October from Octo = 8 in Latin
・November from Novem = 9 in Latin
・December from Decem = 10 in Latin
Because of July and August, the last 4 months - September, October, November, and December had to change the position of the month.
If you know the trivia of English, it might help you improve your English skills.
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