How did April get its name? Well, maybe it’s as simple as aperire, the Latin word for “to open.” Not as evocative as those februa thongs, but there is a lot of opening going on these days, midst all the rain.

Or maybe it’s like six degrees of separation (really only four): maybe Aprilis was originally Aphrilis, which comes from Aphrodite, who is the Greek counterpart of the Roman Venus, to whom the month of April was sacred. But why would the Romans, who so carefully changed all those deities’ names, and after all named March for Mars, not Ares, suddenly switch to Greek for April (and May, for that matter)?

Who knows. But this month-name derivation thing will get a lot easier (but more boring) once we get to September.

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