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Points to ponder

February

  • According to “Ripley’s Believe it or not”, a graveyard inscription has February 30th.
  • The followers of Julius Caesar took away a day from February to make July (named after Julius Caesar) have 31 days instead of 30.
  • The followers of Augustus Caesar took away a day from February to make August (named after Augustus Caesar) to have 31 days instead of 30.
  • February became the shortest month of the calendar year with 28 days.
    It was given back an extra day on a leap year.
  • The earth takes about 365.2422 days to revolve round the sun, so the discrepancy became 0.9688 day every four years (or 97 days in 4 centuries).
  • In Gregorian calendar, a leap year is defined as a non-century year that is divisible by 4, and a century year that is divisible by 400.

Latin terms for student

  • Alumnus means “male student”
  • Almuna means “female student”
  • Alumni means “male students”
  • Alumnae means “female students”.
  • In modern usage, the term “alumni” applies to both male and female students.
  • To save time and space, we use alum (or alumni) for all the four cases.

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