Why is the twelfth month called December?

By talt, in 'Latin to English Translation', Oct 25, 2008.

  1. talt New Member

    I tried to translate the sentence
    "why is the twelfth month called December" and it turned out like this:

    cur mensis duodecimus december appello?

    what do you reckon?
  2. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    litore aureo
    'is called' must be passive, and it is third person, so you have the wrong form of appello.
  3. Keera New Member

    Is "cur mensis duodecimus december appellatur?" better?
  4. Nikolaos schmikolaos

    • Censor
    Yeah, that looks good to me.
  5. jeemkerry Guest

    When the gregorian calendar came into effect, we added two months, but kept the names for the last four months, even though they no longer represented that number stage.
  6. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
    Actually we didn't add them (not at the time of Gregorian anyway); we shifted New Year's Day from March back to January. Under some conventions, March 24, 1731 would be followed by March 25, 1732.
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