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By: sp34n119w , 9:04 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
The Merry Month of May!
What makes May a month so merry? Well, probably the whole fertility thing. I mean, who isn't merry about activities surrounding fertility? Oh, Santorum, I guess, but, for most folks, it's all very merry!
Not surprisingly, the month of May may have been named for a Greek goddess of fertility, Maia. Or, not. She is worth reading about, in any case, as her name (and that of her son) has several important etymological descendants in modern English and European languages.
While the pfft of all knowledge is less than confident on the etymology, it does have a long list of May events and remembrances, including Mother's Day, Labor Day (in some places), VE day and, lest we forget, Towel Day.
Bogon has an entry with his thoughts on May Day and Beltane and I link those two wiki articles for WU's edification (also, sadly, in consideration of my own time limits). It really does have a lot of history and a broad significance in so many cultures. Follow the wiki links to learn all about it!
LowerCal's excellent list of the season's SoCal weather terms:
May Gray, June Gloom, No-sky July, Fogust and Summer Bummer.
For the bigger picture, have a look at the NE Pac WVloop.
Copious Clouds :
Make May Merry!!!
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