The New Year is here, though still young. To ask the New Year how old it is, we say “kolik ti je (let)”, which translates as “how many years do you have” but actually means “how many summers do you have”. This makes sense, since we speak of months as “měsíce” or moons. American Indians would be quite at home in this language. But a “rok”, aside from being the mythical bird flown by Aladin, is truly a year. And to all of you word of the day readers, I wish you a “Veselý Novy Rok”.