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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Daylight Savings 2011. Did You Say it Correctly?

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Daylight Savings 2011. Did You Say it Correctly?

It’s time to “Fall Back” with the end of Daylight Savings Time in 2011 on November 6, 2011 at 2am. Wait, is it Daylight Savings Time or Daylight Saving Time? An informal poll of my friends led to a uniformly plural “savings.” According to Wikipedia:
Although daylight saving time is considered to be correct, daylight savings time is commonly used. The form daylight saving time uses the present participle saving as an adjective, as in labor saving device; the first two words are sometimes hyphenated, as in daylight-saving time. The common variants daylight savings time and daylight savings use savings by analogy to savings account. Daylight time is also common
That clears things up, right? Well, ok maybe not.. But according to Dictionary.com, “This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour in the spring and adjusting them back an hour in the fall is called daylight saving time. But because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable.” In other words, the incorrect version took hold to the point that it became acceptable (notice that they didn’t say “correct” but only acceptable).
It reminds me of the arrival of the year 2000, when purists insisted that the 21st century didn’t begin until 2001. That didn’t stop the masses from basking in the new century, whether or not that was even accurate. Don’t ruin my fun with the facts! So if you’re the smart-ass type, the next time someone says “Daylight Savings Time,” be sure to correct them with a snide “That’s Daylight SAVING Time!”
So here at Waffles, we can authoritatively state that Daylight Saving Time in 2011 begins on November 6 at 2am.  You’ll hear that it’s best to set your clocks back before going to bed. We like to do things differently… in November, you get to wake up and gain an hour if you don’t set them back on Saturday night. That’s more fun.

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