Friday, September 14, 2012

September 31st

It was good to see that, according to the BBC, we will be able to enjoy an extra day this year - September 31st!

At the close of the first day's coverage of the Ricoh British Women's Open 2012 golf at Liverpool, presenter Hazel Irvine trailed the upcoming Ryder Cup, to be held on the last weekend of the month.

I laughed at the mistake - no doubt made by a young member of the BBC staff, who never learned at school,

"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine in each leap year."

Other versions of this wee rhyme are available.

Then I wondered. Perhaps it is just a dastardly ruse to confuse the Americans?

Screenshot from the BBC iPlayer, here.

1 comment:

  1. That little rhyme has seen me through 65 years. Once learned, never forgotten. In my years trying to teach children at school about the calendar, the days of the week etc., I have been constantly amazed at the lack of general knowledge that some children come to school with. I could write a book about this, and in fact I have thought about doing such a thing. I actually did compile a folder with many suggestions of ways parents could help their child be ready for school. This was handed out to parents at Kindergarten Registration. We did a readiness screening in April for the children who would be entering Kindergarten In mid August. In theory if they began at that time to work with their child then the gaps in their readiness would be filled. Unfortunately the children who did well in the April screening were the ones who continued to do well. Most of the others showed no change and the materials had not been used. Such a sad reflection on the lack of interest shown by those parents.

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