One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The sixth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from February 19 to March 20.
- ‘The operation on my foot to remove the bullet and the resulting pain made it impossible for me to leave when my brigade moved off on 3rd Ventose.’
- ‘So the 1 March is the 12 Ventôse and the 21 September is the Jour complémentaire.’
French Ventôse, from Latin ventosus ‘windy’, from ventus ‘wind’.
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