Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A proper leap day

Today is February 29, leap day. Blogs, newspapers, commenters, and people all across this calendrically-unified planet have been blathering all day about how today is "extra." Sure, this year will have 366 days, but today was not particularly extra -- it is a Thursday, preceded by a Wednesday and followed by a Friday. All this leap day meant to me was that, in January, all the events I anticipate (birthdays, thanksgiving, Christmas) were one day further away than usual.

I propose that leap day should be an extra-calendrical event. Yesterday was Wednesday, February 28, and tomorrow would be Thursday, March 1. Leap day would simply be inserted between, a truly additional day.

This post's theme word is sniglet, "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should." Leap day is a reverse-sniglet of the calendar: it does appear, but shouldn't.

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