> calendar reform. Has anyone come up with some > interesting proposals? 13 months a year? 19 days a week? How about a > month all of Fridays? > > Conversely, now would be a good time to discuss different calender schemes > in our languages. Anything exotic? Weeks with three and a half days? This is very interesting topic, although I suppose that it is suitable rather for conculture than conlang. But of course there are linguistic aspects of the calendar lore, for example the words for "weeks" of another length that 7, and the names of days of such weeks. One of my calendars counts 6-day weeks associated with 6 basic hues, so the days may be named Cyanday, Greenday, Yellowday, Redday, Magentaday and Blueday; but maybe better is Argentday (silver or white replacing cyan, which is not a heraldic tincture), Vertday, Orday, Gulesday, Purpureday and Azureday. The week could be called "daybow", like "rainbow". In Czech, the days are "stříbrnek, zelenek, zlatek, červenek, nachovek, modrek" ("-ek" like in OTL "čtvrtek, pátek"), and the months "stříbrnec, zelen, zelenec, zlat, zlatec, červen, červenec, nachov, nachovec, modr, modrec, stříbrn" ("-" and "-ec" like "červen, červenec", which exists also in OTL and were the inspiration for this calendar. For English names of the month we could maybe use the "-math" from JRRT's Shire calendar, thus "Argentmathid, Vertmath, Vertmathid, Ormath, Ormathid, Gulesmath, Gulesmathid, Purpuremath, Purpuremathid, Azuremath, Argentmathid". The odd months have 31 days and the even ones 30 days, so the Gulesmath and Gulesmathid began always at Gulesday, and so on. Years are 366 days long, consisting of 61 daybows or 6 bimesters, but the argent bimester is centered on the year boundary. The last daybow of an octaeteris is at the same time the first daybow of the next octaeteris, so the precision of this calendar is the same as of the Julian calendar. At the beginning of the Indigo Age, the winter solstice was near the first day of the year, the Argentmathid 1st, called Great Argentday; and the summer solstice was near the Gulesmathid 1st, called Great Gulesday, but now the summer solstice is 23 days earlier, at Gulesmath 8th. (The vernal equinox was near the Great Limenight, between Vertmathid 31st and Ormath 1st; the autumnal equinox was near the Great Indigonight, between Purplemathid 31st and Azuremath 1st.) In the Chiropotamia / Riverhand, the calendar counts 5-day weeks, called dayhand. The names of days of a dayhand are Thumbday, Indexday, Midleday, Ringday and Littleday. Each year has 365 days and after a period of 20 years, an intercalary dayhand is inserted.