Because of the prefix -octo, meaning eight. Got it?
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Note that September means seven, October means eight,
. . November means nine, and December means ten.
I've heard the story (probably apocryphal) that there were ten months originally.
Then Julius Caesar created a month in his honor, July.
Not to be outshone, Caesar Augustus created a month for himself, August.
It is probably an "urban legend", but it is a colorful story.
Well, I always thought it was because the first month of the year used to be April rather than January. It was changed to January when the Gregorian calendar was adopted. That was how the tradition of the April fool started to mock people (especially country peasants) who hadn't heard the news and still thought April 1st was the first day of the year.
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