October Surprise

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A nice little factoid to impress at a cocktail or…err…Cannabis party as we usher in the new quarter.

October is here, and in the Northern Hemisphere, that often means the days are flush with falling leaves, chilling weather, and growing anticipation for the holiday season.

The tenth month by our Gregorian calendar, October shares a root with octopus and octagon—the Latin octo and Greek okto, meaning “eight.”

Why is October named after the number eight?

According to the original Roman republican calendar, October was the eighth month of the year rather than the ninth. The Roman calendar was only 10 months long and included the following months: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. As you can see, January and February hadn’t been added to the calendar yet!

Like its neighboring months September,November, and December, the month of October kept its numerical name, even after Julius Caesar expanded the calendar year from 10 months to 12. October entered Old English via Old French, replacing the English vernacular term Winterfylleð (“Winter full moon”). – Dictionary.com

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