Love for Words — Ides

March 15th   2019
___ “The ides of March,” is a phrase you may be familiar. Yet “ides” is a part of every month.

The famous phrase listed above is from William Shakespeare’s 1601 play Julius Caesar where a soothsayer tries to warn Caesar of his death, hence foreboding, “Beware the ides of March!” At that time it clearly meant, “beware of March 15th.” That turned out to be, in the play, the day Caesar was assassinated. It had actually happened in history, the ides of March, in 44 B.C.

“Ides” falls around the middle of every Roman calendar month.

Definition via The AMERICAN HERITAGE dictionary:
— The 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of the other months in the ancient Roman calendar.

According to, “ides” derives in part from Latin iduare, meaning “to divide.” So, “ides” tends to divide the month.

Usage examples
● George scheduled his clients’ payments due the ides of every month.
● Cecilia invited her in-laws to visit the ides of June.
● Kevin alerted friends and reminded family that he celebrated his birthday the ides of December.

Do you celebrate or schedule something for the ides of a particular month?


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