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McCarty, Richard

Karl, et al.,


When I wrote:


> I did not invent the term "blank day." I picked it up from reading
> Elisabeth Achellis's works on calendar reform, published in the 1950s.


I did not mean to imply that Miss Achelis ever used "blank day" in place of "Worldsday," or as a name for the day following June in leap year, on the World Calendar.


As I tried to indicate, the term is not a name, but is generic. It could be used to indicate the technique of setting a day or two outside the week, for whatever purpose. I think I expressed the idea, perhaps not clearly enough, that a neologism introduced to replace "blank day" would likely suggest, and be more appropriate for, a specific name, such as the neologism "Worldsday."


On the other hand, the suggestion of a Greek equivalent for blank day would likely have appealed to Miss. Achelis (the family name was pronounced "a-KAY-liss"; and likely derived from Achilles, but I don't know).


I might be able to clarify my point even further by using the term "blank-day calendar" to indicate an alternative to a "leap-week calendar." In this use you can see that "blank day" does not name, but refers to, a day like "Worldsday" in the World Calendar.


In my office I have most volumes of the JCR, and I think all of Miss Achelis's books; but I will probably not be able to hunt up uses of "blank day" to be found there anytime in the next few months.


--Rick





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Re: Blank Days

Karl Palmen - UKRI STFC

Dear Rick and Calendar People

 

Thank you Rick for your reply. I  then considered contacting the World Calendar Association about this issue, but fount that their contacts page is missing. If Rick or any other calendar person finds a document that uses “blank day” as a generic term the a day the interrupts the 7-day week in any such calendar reform proposal, please let this list know about it. Also perhaps use it as a reference to “blank day” on Wikipedia on either

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_reform or

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_calendar .

 

Karl

 

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From: McCarty, Richard [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: 16 May 2018 18:32
To: [hidden email]
Cc: Palmen, Karl (STFC,RAL,ISIS)
Subject: Blank Days

 

Karl, et al.,

 

When I wrote:

 

> I did not invent the term "blank day." I picked it up from reading
> Elisabeth Achellis's works on calendar reform, published in the 1950s.

 

I did not mean to imply that Miss Achelis ever used "blank day" in place of "Worldsday," or as a name for the day following June in leap year, on the World Calendar.

 

As I tried to indicate, the term is not a name, but is generic. It could be used to indicate the technique of setting a day or two outside the week, for whatever purpose. I think I expressed the idea, perhaps not clearly enough, that a neologism introduced to replace "blank day" would likely suggest, and be more appropriate for, a specific name, such as the neologism "Worldsday."

 

On the other hand, the suggestion of a Greek equivalent for blank day would likely have appealed to Miss. Achelis (the family name was pronounced "a-KAY-liss"; and likely derived from Achilles, but I don't know).

 

I might be able to clarify my point even further by using the term "blank-day calendar" to indicate an alternative to a "leap-week calendar." In this use you can see that "blank day" does not name, but refers to, a day like "Worldsday" in the World Calendar.

 

In my office I have most volumes of the JCR, and I think all of Miss Achelis's books; but I will probably not be able to hunt up uses of "blank day" to be found there anytime in the next few months.

 

--Rick

 

 

 

 

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Re: Blank Days

McCarty, Richard
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Karl;


Online I have found some snippets of Miss Achelis's book, The Calendar for the Modern Age (1959). Her use of "blank days" here seems of interest to you.


Apparently, opponents of calendar reform had used "blank days" pejoratively, to refer to the World Calendar's days outside the week. She seems to take offense at the term.


https://books.google.com/books?id=dC4aAAAAIAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=blank


--Rick


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Re: Blank Days

Karl Palmen - UKRI STFC

Dear Rick and Calendar People

 

Thank you Rick for your reply.

 

I’m not surprised that it was opponents to calendar reform the coined the term “blank day”. I never found it attractive.

Quotes from the book linked below are automatically generated by

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dC4aAAAAIAAJ&q=blank+day&source=gbs_word_cloud_r&cad=5

 

Karl

 

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Thursday C May 2018

 

From: McCarty, Richard [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: 17 May 2018 14:38
To: Palmen, Karl (STFC,RAL,ISIS)
Cc: [hidden email]
Subject: RE: Blank Days

 

Karl;

 

Online I have found some snippets of Miss Achelis's book, The Calendar for the Modern Age (1959). Her use of "blank days" here seems of interest to you.

 

Apparently, opponents of calendar reform had used "blank days" pejoratively, to refer to the World Calendar's days outside the week. She seems to take offense at the term.

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=dC4aAAAAIAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=blank

 

--Rick