Monday February 11th 2013
The first, and in my view quite unnecessary 'r' in
February, comes from the Latin word for February, which was Februarius.
And this word Februarius has in it a Latin word containing the idea of
'purification.' Which given how endless the shorter month of February
can be, does make some sort of sense.
Two other names for this month of the year which
speakers of Old English might have used before our language was so bruised
by the Latin and the Greek and the French, include "Solmonath" which
means "mud-month" and "Kale-monath" which means something like