Thirty Days Hath September


THIRTY DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER

 

Thirty days hath September
April, June, and November
The 2nd month has 28 days of rhyme
’til Leap Year gives her 29.
All the rest get thirty-one
Repeat the mnemonic, as it is done.

 

As a young lad growing up in Sydney I was fascinated with simple rhymes. I’d graduated from schoolyard scatology like….

Captain Cook did a poop,
Behind the kitchen door.
The cat it came and licked it up,
And then he did some more!

….to more interesting ditties.
 
One of the first rhymes I committed to memory was the mnemonic to remember the days of the month. This was vital information for a youngster keen to tally up the days before Cracker Night, the length of school holiday breaks and, of course, high holidays and family birthdays.

 

Today, if pressed to give an example of the widespread reach of folklore, I could call upon no better example than ’30 days hath September’. Whether I learnt it at school or from my family is debatable and not that important. The fact is that 95% of the population, when asked how many days are in a particular month, will immediately revert back to this mnemonic is proof enough – that it got, and continues, to ‘get around.

 

Of course, when I was a lad in the forties and fifties, the only calendars we had were those on the wall. These were mainly from the local petrol station or sporting club. Most featured classic cars, sportsmen (and the occasional sportswoman) and, if you were in the local barbershop, scantily clad girls in supposedly risqué poses. Today many people have ‘devices’ like mobile telephones that also carry sophisticated calendars that provide instant information. Considering that nowadays the art of arithmetic (do students still learn their ‘times’ tables?) is disappearing, maybe the calendar mnemonic is also on the way out.

The following list shows how one little rhyme can twist and turn to become a fruitful expression of folklore. I’ve been assembling these for the past five years and I am now keen to see if the list can be expanded.

 
 

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Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, in line,
Till Leap Year gives it twenty-nine.

 

Thirty days hath September
April June and November
All the rest have thirty-one
But Leap Year coming once in four
February then has one day more

 

Thirty days has September
April June and November
All the rest have 31 save February
That’s the real odd one

 

30 days hath September,
April, June and November
(all the rest have 31 except February
Which has 28 and 29 in a Leap Year).

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty one
except for February alone,
Which has twenty eight each year,
Twenty nine each Leap Year.

 
Thirty days hath September
April, June, and November
Except the second month alone
Which has but twenty-eight, ’tis fine
‘Til Leap Year makes it twenty-nine
All the rest have thirty-one

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till Leap Year gives it twenty-nine.

 
Thirty days has September,
April , June and November
February hath 28, the odd one that is great;
All the others have 31,every year it has begun

 

30 days hath September
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31, save February –
– The shortest one.
28 is all it stores,
‘till Leap Year gives it one day more.

 
30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31–
Just a minute, we’re not done!
February’s the shortest one.
With 28 most of the time,
But in Leap Year twenty-nine.

 
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap year, that’s the time
When February has twenty-nine

 

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

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
Though February’s underdone
With 28–hold the line –
Leap Day makes it 29.
 
30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
The rest have 31… no, wait!
February has only 28!
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time,
When February’s days are 29!

 

Thirty days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have peanut butter
Except Grandma and she rides a motor scooter

 
30 days hath September
April June and no wonder
All the rest eat peanut butter
Except Grandma and she drives a Holden

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
All the rest I don’t remember.
 
30 days hath September,
April, June, and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Except February – That’s the weird one.

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
All the rest have 31, February stands alone,
That has 28 days clear
And 29 in each leap year.

 
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
With February’s 28 to make it fun.
Leap Year happening once in four,
Gives February one day more.

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Except February alone:
Which has twenty-eight 3 years in four,
Till Leap Year gives it just one more.

 

30 days has September
April, June, and November
All the rest have 31
Except for February, the shortest one

 

30 days hath September
April, June and November
February has 28 alone and all the rest have 31
Leap year comes once in four
And February has one day MORE!

 

30 days has September
April, June and November
All the rest have 31
February has 28 alone
But in every Leap year
That come once in four
February has just 1 day MORE!

 

30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31
But February’s the shortest one.
With 28 days most of the time,
Until Leap Year gives us 29.

 

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February has twenty-eight,
And in a Leap Year,
That is when
February has but twenty-nine.

 

30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
28 days makes February fine,
But in a Leap Year it has 29.
All the rest have 31,
And now the poem has been done.

 

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February, which is fun:
With twenty-eight, it does just fine
‘Til Leap Year makes it twenty-nine!

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, with 28 fine
’til Leap Year makes it 29!

 

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
After February’s done,
The other months have thirty one.

 

30 days hath September
April, June, and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Save poor February
Which has 28 in fine
Till Leap Year gives it 29

 
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Except for February alone.
February has twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine in each Leap Year.

 

Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November,
All the rest have thirty-one
Except short February
Which in line
Has twenty-eight,
Leap Year makes it twenty-nine.

 

Thirty Days hath September,
April, June and November
To all the rest we add 31,
Except the shortest month alone,
February, which has twenty-eight,
And twenty-nine in a Leap Year

 
Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31 excepting
February which alone has 28,
And one day more
We add to it each year in four.

 

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Except that one contrary, February,
Which has twenty-eight, most of the time,
But in Leap Year twenty-nine.

 

30 days hath September
April, June & November
All the rest hath 31
Except February
Which alone has 28
And one day more
When Leap Year comes
One year in four.

 

Thirty days hath September,
April June and November.
When short February’s done,
All the rest have thirty-one

 

Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November;

Thirty-one have all the rest,
Except February with birthdays blessed,
It has twenty-eight so fine,
‘til Leap Year gives it twenty-nine.

Fourth, eleventh, ninth, and sixth,
 
Thirty days to each affix,
Every other thirty-one
Except the second month alone.

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting Leap-Year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

 

30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
Excepting February – the contrary one.

 

Thirty days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, and it alone,
Has twenty-eight we do confine
Till Leap year gives it twenty-nine.

 

Thirty days hath September
April, June, and no wonder
All the rest have thirty one
Except Grandpa
And he has a little red wagon

 

30 days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have 31 excepting February alone
Which has 28 days clear
And 29 in each Leap Year.

 

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November,
All the rest have thirty one,
Excepting February, fun!
And that has twenty eight days clear,
And twenty nine in a Leap Year!