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Topic: Math Prefixes
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William R. Speer

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Re: Math Prefixes
Posted: Oct 24, 1995 2:39 PM
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Let me add another perspective to the discussion on prefixes for the
months. After reading your post, I remembered attending a presentation
on "Time" in the planetarium of my home university. The director had
input relative to this discussion so I emailed him for clarification of
his position. He responded as follows:

"Sept. has always been the 7th month. July & August originally had Latin
names for 5th and 6th months till they were renamed to satisfy the egos of
Julius & Augustus. They were also originally 30-day months, but J & A
ripped off days from February and appended them to their months, also to
satisfy their sense of self-importance. They stole from the end of
February because it was the last month of the year. March was the first
month because the year began with the vernal equinox. Our switch to a
January start came in 1752 when the British Empire finally adopted the
Gregorian Calendar even though it was promulgated by the Pope, who of
course was an evil Catholic."

I suppose there are a number of stories surrounding the debate of where
the prefixes came from (historically) -- perhaps many of us will never be
sure -- but there will always be someone willing to share another version.

Bill Speer

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