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Solmōnaþ

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Solmōnaþ (modern English: dirt or mud month) was the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of February.

The name was recorded by the Anglo-Saxon scholar Bede in his treatise De temporum ratione (The Reckoning of Time), saying that " Sol-Monath can be said to be the month of cakes, which were offered to their gods”; however, there is no other reference to sol meaning ‘cake’ in Old English. Sol is used to mean ‘mud’ or ‘dirt’ in most texts, and so a far more likely meaning is that the sol month was the muddy month, especially given the English climate at that time of year.

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Solmōnaþ Wikipedia


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