because people speak English
People around the world are talking about today's date. December 12, 2012 (12-12-12) is considered to be a lucky day by some people, and an unlucky day by others. Some people think the end of the world is coming. Others believe it's the perfect day to get married or play the lottery!
According to the Globe and Mail, there is no English word for a date that has matching numbers like this. As the article suggests, this is likely because this kind of date doesn't come around very often. The Globe and Mail article suggests that this is the last -insert your word for this kind of date- we'll see this century. We won't see another date like this until January 1, 2101.
Despite how rare these dates are, I still think it deserves a word, don't you? * I thought it would be fun to come up with a word that could describe this kind of sequential date. Put your thinking caps on and make some suggestions in the comments below!
What word do you suggest for a date like 12-12-12?
Check out this Wikipedia entry on the number twelve to find out the interesting word origin of this number.
*My daughter was looking up continents last night, and she thought it was interesting that there is no word for a person from Antarctica. Let me know if you know any other words that we need in English! Here are 20 untranslatable words.
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