#307 marraskuu – ‘dead month’

November 3, the eleventh lesson of Finnish month names.

October for us is MARRASKUU.
marras = dead (Used to refer to dead earth, where nothing grows. The word derives from the same root as the French ‘mort’, but it’s fallen out of use in Finnish, except for this month name. The modern Finnish word for ‘dead’ is ‘kuollut’.)
kuu = month (actually ‘moon’, since a month would be ‘kuukausi’, literally ‘moon period’)

This month has really lived up to its name even during the first few days. It’s misery, grey and brown hues, and bare trees with their leaves rotting on the ground. The only green you see outdoors, is either the evergreen conifers, or moss on wet rocks. Seems as though all life has vanished from around us. Even we humans feel ‘under the weather’ and lethargic. Chemist’s make fortunes on the sales of artificial vitamins! Like bears and other animals, many of us feel like hiding in a cave, to hibernate through this dreary month.

1 Response to “#307 marraskuu – ‘dead month’”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    November 11, 2010 at 03:46

    I’m in my den 🙂 I know what you mean about hibernating. I think we are a bit behind you. Though most leaves have fallen, there are still some left on a few trees. We have had frost but a few hardy flowers still survive. My eyes search out anything that still grows.

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