October 8, 2016

In a Word: October

In a Word is a series focused on the English Language (vocabulary/grammar).

Why isn’t October the eighth month of the year?

October is the tenth month of the year and the word comes from “octo” that means “eight” in Latin. October was indeed the eighth month of the year in the Roman calendar. In the 1st century BC October became the tenth month because July and August were added to the calendar.

Examples of “October” in sentences:

1. October turned my maple’s leaves to gold
The most are gone now; here and there one lingers…
(from the poem “October”, Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

2. October 2026: The Million-Year Picnic.
(from “The Martian Chronicles”, Ray Bradbury)

What expressions do you know with the word October?

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