One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fifth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from January 20 to February 18.
- ‘An engraving of the Proclamation de la Republique Romaine, Le 27 Pluviose, An VI, depicts the monuments placed on the Capitol to mark the declaration of the Republic.’
- ‘Nicolas and Claire were married on the 27th day of the month of Pluviose in the 11th year of the French Revolutionary calendar.’
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
French Pluviôse, from Latin pluviosus ‘relating to rain’.
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