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!0-day week (WAS: The English/French counting system (WAS: number systemsfromconlangs))

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 19:48
On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at 04:04 , Tristan McLeay wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Sep 2003, Isidora Zamora wrote: > >> Interrupting the week cycle is untenable. There are too many religious >> people in the world for whom the weekly cycle is important to their >> worship, and they could never just add a day to make things come out even >> at the end of the year. If that sort of internatioanl standard were >> adopted, not only would it be a different day of the month for me, but >> the >> days of the week would no longer match up between the civil and >> liturgical >> calendars. > > Was this one of the reasons that the 10-day week of the Revolutionary > Calendar didn't succeed as well as the rest of metric system?
That was basically it. One reason the Revolutionaries adopted the 10-day "week" was to weaken the influence of the Church; and the Church authorities certainly opposed the change. Napoleon realized the Church still had a lot of influence and wanted to get it behind him and so, among other things, abolished the revolutionary calendar to gain its support. In any case, the 10-day week doesn't seem to have been popular among the ordinary working people & peasants who found their working week lengthened & were quite glad, I believe, to revert to the 7-day week - thus Boney won even more supporters :) And that, I promise, will be my only post on the off-topic threads about 'how to tell the time', 'spring' and 'fall', calendar reform and, above all, the date of Easter (of which I could say a few things); for those interested the Easter question is _well_ documented on several Internet sources. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>