Friday, January 9, 2009

Janaury (for January)

The month of January was named after the Roman god Janus, god of beginnings and endings. His name comes from the Latin word for door, ianua, and he is often depicted with two faces (as seen on the coin pictured), carrying a key.

Many optimistic folks make New Year's resolutions in January, hoping that their new beginning will be the key to future happiness. Losing weight, quitting smoking, procrastinating less frequently...or, perhaps, double-checking our spelling and making fewer typos.

Janaury occurs 18 times in OhioLINK, making it a typo of high probability on the Ballard list.

Leanne Olson
(Janus coin picture from

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