Thursday, November 30, 2006

How Many Days Has What?

"Thirty days hath September" is still used to remind people how many days there are in each month. We really don't know where this came from, and I found a whole lot of variations, maybe two dozen, with no problem at all. The origins of the lyrics are obscure but use of Olde English can date this poem back to at least the 16th century. 'Fess up ... when was the last time that you found yourself muttering the words of the "Thirty days hath September" poem?

A medieval version is found in a 15th century manuscript, in the British Library:

Thirty days hath November,
April, June, and September:
Of twenty-eight is but one,
And all the remnant thirty-one

This one was definitely not found in the British Library:

Thirty days hath September,
All the rest I can't remember.
The calendar hangs on the wall;
Why bother me with this at all?

Anyway, November has thirty days and it’s November 30th.


Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Did it no later than yesterday.!

The reason is that we are getting ready to celebrate the passing of the Feast of the St. Shovel which usually lands this week and I checked the date to mark it on my Wx. trivia pad. The celebrations will begin this afternoon.

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November,
And today my lawnmower shall be stored,
The shovel I must remember.

(What's that saying about not giving up a day job???)

December 01, 2006 7:04 AM  

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