2005-10-20

Fiscal Months?

I was at this pointless meeting where people were very confused about what was happening during what year.  All the confusion centered around the fact that the fiscal year, in the U.S. at least, is October 1st to September 30th.  "But it's not 2007 yet."  "But it will be FY 2007 in October so we need to think about 2007 as "next" year.
 
Just a lot of painful confusion.
 
So I decided to reduce confusion, we need fiscal months. 
 
FM (fiscal month) 1 would correspond to our October.
FM (fiscal month) 2 would correspond to our November.
etc.
 
It was a boring meeting that had nothing to do with me directly, so I came up with them on the spot:
  1. Jackuary
  2. Federalary
  3. Farch           (inspired by 'farce')
  4. Anlil             (inspired by 'anal')
  5. Pay
  6. Jewne
  7. Juliar
  8. Ughrust
  9. Sepmember
  10. Octoburn
  11. Neverender
  12. Distemper
I think we should all switch to the new system immediately.
 
Have fun on Halloween. 
'Jackuary' was inspired by jackoffs but this time it can mean jackolanterns as well.
 

2 Comments:

Blogger spugbrap said...

While it's true that the U.S. Government uses a fiscal year of Oct 1-Sep 30, it's not a standard fiscal year followed by all companies. According to this: Fiscal year from Wikipedia, every company decides when their own fiscal year will start, but they at least have to stick to the same divisions of quarters, and generally have to always stick to the same FY that they chose originally.

At the company I work for right now, our fiscal year goes from July 1 to June 30. A google search of Yahoo Finance data for FY ending "30-Jun" shows that we're not alone, with 357 companies sharing this fiscal year.

A similar google search, for FY ending "31-Dec" shows that 38,600 companies make life easier for everyone (okay, probably not everyone. but for you and me, anyway) by having their fiscal year correspond to the calendar year.

For completeness, a search for fiscal year ending "31-Mar" yields 444 results, and a search for FY ending "30-Sep" gives 537 results.

Please note that none of this affects your renaming/aliasing of months, which I support wholeheartedly. :)

10/24/2005 01:39:00 PM 
Blogger ClintJCL said...

awesome analysis :)

10/24/2005 02:00:00 PM 

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