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# Why is every fourth year called a 'leap year?'

Question #38891. Asked by Hamlet.. (Sep 18 03 6:08 PM)

mochyn

As every year is about 365 and a quarter days,we save the quarters to the 4th year and therefore we leap forward

 Sep 18 03, 6:21 PM
mochyn

this explains it better
http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year

 Sep 18 03, 6:23 PM
sequoianoir

Quote "we save the quarters to the 4th year and therefore we leap forward "

Surely we leap "backwards" ???????

When "tomorrow" would "normally" be March 1st (today Feb 28th) we "delay" it by a day inserting Feb 29.
If we "leapt forwards" March 1st would be skipped and "tommorow" would be March 2nd, wouldn't it ?

 Sep 18 03, 6:29 PM
Hamlet.

Divide the 365-day typical year by 52 weeks. You will see that there is one additional day. Thus, in nonleap years, if a fixed-date holiday, such as Christmas, was held on a Tuesday, one knew that the next year it would fall on a Wednesday. But in a leap year, the festival would fall two days after the previous year's. This skipping of a day is the "leap" in leap year.

 Sep 18 03, 10:46 PM

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