Saturday, January 22, 2000

année bissextile

The French word of the day is année bissextile, which means leap year.  The etymology of this word is Latin.  It comes from words meaning "twice" and "sixth," because the leap day was inserted six days before the first day of March.
  • Toutes les années bissextiles tombent sur des nombres multiples de quatre, ou divisibles par quatre; ainsi les années 1768, 1772 , 1776, etc. , sont bissextiles.
All leap years are numbers that are multiples of four, or divisible by four; thus the years 1768, 1772, 1776, etc. are leap years.

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