Another change to the French calendar in post-Revolutionary times was the renaming of the months. The autumn months were changed to Vendémiaire, Brumaire and Frimaire - harvest, mist and cold. The winter months were changed to Nivose, Pluviose and Ventose - snow, rain and wind.
The spring months became Germinal, Floréal and Prairial -seed time, flowering time and meadow. Finally, the three summer months became Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor meaning summer harvest, summer heat and summer fruit.
Now the Brits thought this was all a load of bunkum (there's a surprise!) and some bright spark produced a satirical version of these new names, calling them:
Slippy, Nippy, Drippy; Freezy, Wheezy, Sneezy; Showery, Flowery, Bowery; Wheaty, Heaty, Sweety.
Everyone must have been very anxious not to be the one to make a mistake with the new system of hours in a day, days in a week and days in a month, new names for everything. It's hard enough sometimes to remember what day it is, let alone if everything has been completely changed.
However, as ' the secret of being a bore is to tell everything' (Voltaire 1737), I'm going to save the rest for next time.