Re: [LEAPSECS] building consensus

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 00:45:21 -0400

Poul-Henning Kamp scripsit:

> >Old English had its own set of month names entirely unrelated to
> >the Latin ones: if they had survived, they would have been Afteryule,
> >Solmath 'mud-month', Rethe[math] 'rough-month', Astron [pl. of 'Easter'],
> >Thrimilch 'three-milking', Forelithe, Afterlithe, Wedmath 'weed-month',
> >Halimath 'holy-month', Winterfilth '-filling', Blotmath 'sacrifice-month',
> >Foreyule. At least some of these are obviously pre-Christian.
> They're practically all viking derived.

I think it more likely that the English and Norse forms have a
common proto-Germanic origin.

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