Short trivia about the month of October
Where does the name “OCTOBER” come from?
The tenth month by our Gregorian calendar, October shares a root with octopus and octagon—the Latin octo and Greek okto, meaning “eight.”
So, how did October become the 10th month?
The original Roman calendar had only ten months, and October was the eighth month. January and February hadn’t been added to the calendar yet!
Like its neighboring months September, November, and December, the numerical name stuck, 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”).
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