Das Schaltjahr - a blog post for leap years!

This year is a leap year and as my blog post comes out on the 29th February, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about das Schaltjahr as the leap year is called in German.

I googled ‘Schaltjahr’ and also ‘Schalttag’ to find out why the 29th February is called Schalttag in German. It took me a long time to find an explanation but I finally found it (original German text here). The word Schaltjahr comes from the Old High German scaltjār, which in the Middle High German turned into schaltjār, which then developed into Schaltjahr.  The original word scaltjār meant ‘the year in which an extra day has been inserted’.

German logic as always ☺ 

You probably all know why we have leap years, but if you’d like to find out more, here are some explanations – in German, of course!

Kindernetz has a nice explanation and video: Warum gibt es einen 29. Februar?

ZDF Tivi has a short text: Schaltjahr

And here are two videos for you to watch:


And that’s it – this blog post will resurface in 4 year’s time ☺

 

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