Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday March 15, 2006
Ides \YDZ\ , plural noun:
In the ancient Roman calendar the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months.
In one measure of how fast this calendar has become in recent years, by the Ides of March 1984, seven states had held primaries, said Rhodes Cook, the author of "Race for the Presidency".
-- Robin Toner, "Both Parties Seek Ways to Tame Fast and Furious Primary Process.", New YorkTimes, January 24, 2000
Oh he is a very fast horse, and on the Ides of November you will know just how fast he is.
-- "The Aristocracy of the Democratic Party.", New York Times, November 9, 1864
A soothsayer bids you beware of the Ides of March.
-- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
There is a poem inviting Philodemos to dinner which he is supposed to have written himself, and one of the other guests is Artemidorus, very likely the same son of Theopompos of Cnidos who warned Caesar about the Ides of March in 44 BC on his way to his assassination.
-- Peter Levi, Virgil: His Life and Times
Ides comes from Latin idus, probably from an Etruscan word meaning "division" of a month.