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CHAT: Weird Seasons was The English/French counting system

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 17:14
--- Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...> wrote:

> > I've never heard of that. Most definitely 1 > > September. We had a Dilbert > > calendar floating around last year: on 1 > > September, it had 'First day of > > Spring (southern hemisphere)' whereas on 23 > > (or whatever) September it had > > 'First day of Autumn (Northern Hemisphere)' > > Very weird. If you count 1 September as "First > day of spring (southern > hemisphere)" then shouldn't you count the very > same day as "First day of > autumn (northern hemisphere)"?
Not weird at all. They're just doing - apparently officially - what many Americans do naturally. That is, count 1 September as the first day of a new season, be it Fall(N) or Spring(S). Almost every radio and tv talk show host mentions on or around Labor Day that it is the 'unofficial start of Fall'. Likewise, three months previously, they went on about Memorial Day (practically 1 June) being the 'unofficial start of Summer'. That seasons start in illogical places in the North is what _I_ find weird. And I live there! How much sense does it make to have the official first day of a season halfway through that season? But I also think starting the year in midwinter is dumb too: I much prefer to start it in Spring like it used to. Padraic. ===== - Per la cista ciwtate, et-z-el pays amb la, et per y chascyn encoleuwack; et per el nusteor Basele; et per el nusteor Teruin GERONTIO; et per y Senat la nusteor nacièn; et per y legiun Roman; et per l' armaza navea; et per l' armaza aerea; et per y thot ke sirviont al nusteor nacièn - A Ddon ten mezer! -- Come visit The World! -- <> .


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>