We have names for days in a week and for months in a year, but does a convention exist for weeks in the month? Alternatively, do we have names for weeks in the year other than, say, "The 34th week of 2018"?

  • Not to my knowledge, no. Just like there are names for the weekdays, but there are no names for the days of a month (the 17th of the month is just the 17th of the month). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 8 '18 at 14:42
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    The Egyptian/Coptic calendar had and has names for each of the three 10-day weeks of the standard months plus a name for the 5 or 6 extra days thrown in at the end. – lly Aug 8 '18 at 14:54
  • In the Gregorian calendar, the "naming system" is precisely what you said: "the 1st week in August", "the 17th week of 2018", &c. This shows up in the formal descriptions of some holidays, like the American Thanksgiving celebration. The Farmer's Almanac & co. might still say sth like "the 1st week of summer", "the 3rd week after the April rains", &c. but they're not in very common use. – lly Aug 8 '18 at 14:56
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    You may see some weeks given names in religious calendars - "Easter Week", "Holy Week", etc. - but those are only in limited use. – John Feltz Aug 8 '18 at 14:59
  • No, very clearly we do not. Ignoring both logic and language, I happen to have spent most of the last 10 years in retail where even when bean-counters think there's a need for something else, real people understand there is not. Most of the “problem” is that of course we have names for days in a week and months in a year, almost no-one I concerned about weeks in the month and why would he, please? What suggests we might have names for weeks in the year other than, say, “… 34th …”? – Robbie Goodwin Aug 22 '18 at 20:55

If you really wanted to have a system for this, for Catholics or the traditionally-minded religious,

the liturgical octaves

are specially named weeks throughout the year. (The term “octave” is misleading to us moderns. They’re reckoned as lasting eight days by counting inclusively in the ancient Roman manner: i.e., they’re actually 7 days long.) The big ones are the octaves of Easter, Epiphany, and Christmas although there are 15 other specially-handled weeks as well.

This obviously has very little pull in the general secular system, even if it is named after a pope. Even the Church itself generally thinks in terms of Eastertide (50 days) and Christmastide (12 days) rather than the octaves in its general planning.

  • The liturgical "octaves" are certain 7-day periods with specific names. They are not divisions of the year, do not extend over the entire year and are not contiguous. – Kris Aug 9 '18 at 11:20
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    @Kris That's all covered in the answer already. It's the closest to what they're asking about, though, so there's no real explanation for the downvotes. – lly Aug 12 '18 at 17:36
  • While I didn't downvote, I agree that this isn't useful to the OP, who asks for a convention, whereas octave would only work as a facetious or literary novelty term. It is somewhat akin to suggesting the term solemnity for your grandmother's 80th birthday. – choster Sep 7 '18 at 17:24

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