In order to be able to fulfil the need to situate cultural products
such as the documents of this site in time some kind of chronological
system is required. On this planet the earthly solar year is best
suited as a unit for a more or less natural chronology. Such a
chronology must, then, establish two things:
the number of the year.
For want of something better at present this site counts the
number of years after (the first solstice succeeding) the end of the
Second World War.
the number (and name) of the day of the year.
For this purpose the present site employs the Quaternary Metric
World Calendar instead of a historically deformed freak of culture
such as the up to now frequently used Gregorian-Christian one, a
The following documents, cards and diary deal specifically with the
new era and the Metric calendar:
All TRINPsite text files show two dates, separated by a hyphen, after
the site name TRINPsite at the top on the left.
The first of these dates is the day on which the document was made
public on the Internet, the second the day when the document was last
changed, so far as the visible text is concerned.
The dates are represented by codes consisting of three numbers: 12.34.5.
The first number relates to the year, starting from the end of the Second
World War; the second and third numbers relate to the week and the day of
the week in accordance with the Metric World Calendar.
In languages which are, in at least one respect, more logical or consistent
than the traditional variant of This Language each month of the year
receives a numerical name (Month One or First Month, Month
Two or Second Month, et cetera), regardless of the calendar used.
Such a name could also be given to a month of the Metric Calendar, but it
would not distinguish a Metric month from the months of the usually
malformed, if not exclusivist, calendars which are being used at the same
time or were being used in the past, in the same country or elsewhere.
(Moreover, people might easily confuse 'First Month' and the first
month of a series which does not start with First Month, dependent on other
characteristics of the language concerned.)
Therefore, it is definitely worthwhile to have alternative names for the
months, names which apply to the Metric World Calendar only.
A Quaternary Metric Calendar,
a section of the
Model of Neutral-Inclusivity,
such Metric names are formed with three sets of morphemes:
- Yule, Lent and the morphemes of Equinoctial
- North(ern) and South(ern)
- early, mid and late
Since the morphemes Yule and Lent and their cognates belong
to a limited number of languages, it is obvious that, given the additional
use of Northern and Southern, East(ern) and
West(ern) are much more suitable for universal usage.
That is why Yule is replaced with East and Lent with
West in what will be called "the compass names" of the
By calling the second trimester "Northwest" and the third trimester
"Southeast" the seventh month is not only a middle month between North and
South (that is, an 'equatorial month') but also a middle month between
East and West.
However, unlike the line between North and South, the line between 'East'
and 'West' is arbitrary.
Therefore, the first trimester is called "Northeast" (rather than
"Southwest" and the fourth trimester "Southwest" (rather than "Northeast"),
so that the Central Month is the (nonarbitrary) middle between Northern
months earlier in the year and Southern months later in the year.
By using the morhpemes of the compass (north, east,
south and west) in this way no Northern 'half-year' will last
longer than a Southern 'half-year', no Eastern 'half-year' longer than a
Western 'half-year', and vice versa.
As from 66.51.2 the nondenominational compass names will be used by default.
The Model names with Yule, Equinoctial, Lent and
Equatorial remain: they may make solemn occasions more solemn,
historical events more historical and special happenings more special in
Moreover, with Northern Equinoctial for the Early Northwest Month
and Southern Equinoctial for the Late Southeast Month, they clearly
are 'neutralistic denominational names'.
The correspondence between compass and Model names (and abbreviations) is
||Early Northeast (ENE)
||Northern Early Yule (NEY)|
||Northern Mid-Yule (NMY)|
||Late Northeast (LNE)
||Northern Late Yule (NLY)|
||Early Northwest (ENW)
||Northern Equinoctial (NEM)|
||Northern Mid-Lent (NML)|
||Late Northwest (LNW)
||Northern Late Lent (NLL)|
||Central Month (CEN)
||Equatorial Month (EQU)|
||Early Southeast (ESE)
||Southern Early Yule (SEY)|
||Southern Mid-Yule (SMY)|
||Late Southeast (LSE)
||Southern Equinoctial (SEM)|
||Early Southwest (ESW)
||Southern Early Lent (SEL)|
||Southern Mid-Lent (SML)|
||Late Southwest (LSW)
||Southern Late Lent (SLL)
The Metric year can be divided into as many as thirteen parts, when
each month is considered on its own, but it can also be divided into
no more than three parts: the Northern semester (from week 1 to 24),
Central or Equatorial Month (week 25 to 28) and the Southern semester
(week 29 to 52).
Or, only two parts: the Northern half year (from week 1 to 26) and the
Southern half year (week 27 to 52).
(Note that a semester is a period of six months, which is not the same as
half a year!)
The Northeast trimester or Northern Yule runs from week 1 to 12.
The Northeast quarter, however, runs from week 1 to 13, as all four
quarters are exactly 13 weeks long.
The Northwest trimester or Northern Lent runs from week 13 to 24, the
Northwest quarter from week 14 to 26.
The Southeast trimester or Southern Yule runs from week 29 to 40, the
Southeast quarter from week 27 to 39.
The Southwest trimester or Southern Lent runs from week 41 to 52, the
Southwest quarter from week 40 to 52.
Any calendar of more than, say, three months will allow for a distinction
between 'odd' and 'even months' which do not immediately succeed one
But both the compass names and the Model names of the Metric Calendar
make it possible to distinguish the following discontinuous periods too:
Eastern or Yule (that is, the Northeast and Southeast months) and Western
or Lent (that is, the Northwest and Southwest months) consisting of
two separate trimesters; and the periods of 'the Early months',
'Mid(-quarter) months' and 'Late months' consisting of four separate parts
of one month.