Archive for August 1st, 2010


#213 elokuu – ‘harvest month’

August 1st. The eighth lesson of Finnish month names.

August for us is ELOKUU.
elo = ripe grains (usually used in the compound ‘elonkorjuu’, which means collecting the crops from the fields, ie. harvesting)
kuu = month (actually ‘moon’, since a month would be ‘kuukausi’, literally ‘moon period’)

Yet another agricultural month name. Grains look ready in the fields. No doubt, soon the huge combine harvesters will appear, when farmers start harvesting their crops. I didn’t see any today – maybe because it’s Sunday.

August gradually starts the end of summer. Most people’s summer holidays will be over, and for us teachers, and students it will be back to school around the middle of the month.


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