To know how many days there are in any given month, French children are taught to make a closed fist and to recite the months touching their knuckles and the spaces in between. Starting with January on the first knuckle, all of the months that land on a knuckle have 31 days, and all of the months that fall in the valleys between have 30, except of course February which has even fewer.
un poing: a fist
une articulation: a knuckle
s'y mettre: to put oneself to a task; knuckle down
une astuce: a clever trick
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