Fun With Vocabulary

Over at Japan: Life and Religion, Doug points out that the old Japanese name for December is 師走 (shi.wa.su), from 師 (priest) and (走), to run, probably because in the month of 師走, the Shinto and Buddhist priests are busy getting ready for the pre- and post- New Year ceremonies. This is a little like some of the Old English activity names for months, like ƿēodmōnað, or ‘weed month’.

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