During leap years, the days after February 29th "leap" ahead. For example, in 2007, March 1st was a Thurday. But in 2008, March 1st will be a Saturday. The Friday will be "leapt over." That's how leap year got its name.


I don't quite understand the meaning of leap year in the above. Why does it have anything to do with last year, 2007, if this year, 2008, is a leap year?

Besides, I think it is more reasonable to write "the days after February 28th leap ahead" because if we have "February 29th" this year, and it falls on Friday, then March 1st is definitely Saturday--where do the days after February 29th leap ahead? Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.
Very basically, every fourth year is the year in which the world catches up with the difference between the true time taken for the Earth to go round the Sun and the simple 365 days in the year by which we all work. The true time is calculated as 365.242222 days. So once in four years, to ensure that we do not get out of step, a day is added and the calender leaps forward by one day.

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In non-leap years, each day of the year falls one day of the week later than the day it fell on in the previous year. For example in 2005, June 1 was on a Wednesday, June 1, 2006 was on a Thursday, and in 2007 it was a Friday; June 2, 2005 was on a Thursday, June 2, 2006 was on a Friday, and June 2, 2007 was on a Saturday; etc. However, in a leap year, because we add a day to the month of February, everything after February 29th "skips" or "leaps over" a day of the week. Thus, in 2008 (which is a leap year), June 1 will fall on a Sunday (not Saturday) and June 2 will fall on a Monday (not Sunday).
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Thanks, Feebs and Amy.

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