Word of the Week: July

July is a noun and defined as the seventh month of the Gregorian calendar. First used around 1600, July is one of the many words in the English language that has its roots in Latin.

Today, the most widely used calendar is the Gregorian calendar. Introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582, the Gregorian calendar is a modification of the Julian calendar proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The Julian calendar derives from the Roman calendar; however, the Roman calendar consisted only of 10 months and a dead period during winter. The original 10 months were Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. 

Before the addition of January and February to the standard 12-month calendar, July was the fifth month and originally named Quintilis. However, after the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, the Roman Senate changed Quintilis to Julius to honor Julius Cesar because of the advances he made to the Roman calendar. 

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“July.” Merriam-Webster.com

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