Today is the last Tuesday in 2022. Tomorrow will be the last Wednesday. There will never be a Sunday or Monday in 2022. As the week progresses, the last days of the year will fall away. Soon we will all have to remember to write ‘2023’ on everything. This keeps happening, but it always feels a little weird.
The year is in some ways an abstraction. There were once 10 months in the year. Then came Julius Cæsar and Augustus Cæsar and each had their months wedged between the rest. The Julian calendar was in place for nearly 2,000 years (and still is in some cultures). Julius Caesar first ordered the adoption of the calendar bearing his name as far back as 45 BC. The new calendar consisted of three years of 365 days followed by one of 366 days – a leap year. But this formula was not quite right.
During the Middle Ages, people began to realize that the Julian leap year had jumped too far, adding an extra day every 128 years since its inception. Because of this, in the late 16th century, the actual equinoxes took place ten days early. Then in 1852 Pope Gregory XIII approved the Gregorian calendar, which many Roman Catholic countries adopted. It fell 10 days from the month of October that year and revised how leap years worked in that from the end of the century leap years only occur if the year is divisible by 400 (so year 1600, year 2000, year 2400 etc. would all be leap years, while every other year at the end of the century, say 1900 or 2100, would not).
England – a Protestant nation – did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752 when it became obvious that something had to give. This was a difficult transition partly because in the old system March 25 was the start of a new year. To make the change, March 24, 1750 was followed by March 25, 1751. Then December 31, 1751 was followed by January 1, 1752 (making 1751 a very short year!). In 1752, September 2 came just before September 14, cutting 11 days from the month to synchronize with the Gregorian calendar and line up the correct solstices and equinoxes.
And that’s your history lesson for the day! Let’s talk!
Today’s Wordle Solution (with spoilers)
The hint: In the language of the Romans, something like co-dominion, but abbreviated.
The Clue: There is a double vowel in this word.
I gave a hard hint because I felt a little bummed about having to make 5 guesses to get this one. Well, no, I didn’t actually feel mad, I just wasn’t sure how to hint at this word without giving it away entirely.
My opening guess, tribe, was super bad, leaving me with a whopping 440 remaining words to choose from. Robe reduced it to just 5 but at this point it became a guessing game and there wasn’t much I could do.
Reap got me C and O in green and eliminated even more letters. Agreeable was a good guess, but missed the mark. But all I had left—that I could imagine at least—was apartment and I guessed for the win! Huzzah!