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February 15, 2012 | by James Arger

What’s in a name?

Felix Bracquemond / "Winter"

There was a time, a long time ago, when Winter didn’t have its place on the calendar. The Romans knew only ten months running from March to December. Later, January and February were introduced. The Romans believed even numbers were unlucky but despite all their efforts, they needed one single, even-numbered month to round out the year. And February, the last month, was chosen. It was a month of bad weather and bad luck, so it made sense to make it as short as possible. To help swallow the pill, they gave it a fancy name: February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification.

Fancy name or not, I don’t like February. February’s been a rough month for me, and I’m impatient for it to end. If there’s been purification, it’s been through fire and storm. I am tired. Tired of the strain of keeping this operation up. Tired of the lack of response. Tired of the accusations. You might have seen them. If not, we’re making them available here. I don’t have anything to hide, but I won’t dignify them with a response either.

In popular culture, Sodium Pentothal is know as the “truth serum.” One lesser-known fact is that it has also been used for lethal injections. Which makes me wonder why this commenter chose this particular name. Is he really about getting the truth out? Or does he only want to take me down? I can only conjecture. But whatever his goal, I will endure. February might have been about purification. But remember: March is all about War.

Welcome to the real world.

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February 15, 2012

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