Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique)

Gilbert Aubin (
12 Oct 1995 17:36:38 GMT

Organization: Vancouver Regional FreeNet

Anthony Potts ( wrote:

: On Fri, 11 Aug 1995, Helge Moulding wrote:

: > Why, where in the world are you from that a week starts with a Sunday?
: > Only the most clueless start the week on any day other than Monday.
: > Which means the thirteenth of each month is never Friday.
: > --
: > Helge Moulding
: >
: I am in England, here the week is taken as starting on a Sunday. When
: them chaps went westwards to the new world, they also used this idea. Are
: you saying that the idea has been changed, when, why?

: Yours questioningly,

: Anthony Potts

Actually,both versions are in use. In some European languages names of
the days are notderived from names of planets,as they are mostly in
English (Monday - Moon-day, Sunday obvious, Saturday - Saturn- day etc)
but they reflect the numerical position of that day in the week.The
Slavic ponedelnik/ponedilok says "at the head. in front of the week,
cetverg is the fourt day (Thursday) pyatnica/piontek/pentek is the fifth
(Friday - in English it is a Free day - why?)
On the other hand Mittwoch is the Mitte der Woche, the mid of the week,
which is only true if it starts with Sunday, so the jury is out.