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Just your friendly reminder to set your clocks FORWARD an hour this weekend. And a grammar lesson while we're at it.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight.
It's controversial at best. However, we're happy about it because it means summer time is here!
'Spring forward, fall back' is one of the little sayings (mnemonic) we all learned in school to help us remember which way to set our watches.
(Watches? Do we still wear those?)
You set your clock forward in the spring when DST starts ( spring forward/lose one hour) and back one hour when DST ends in the fall (fall backward/regain one hour.)
Besides all of us needing a reminder, how does this fall into a Tipsy post slash grammar lesson? Well....
Daylight Savings Time is very commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It's likely that the incorrect term of 'savings' entered into popular vocabulary because it's so often used in everyday contexts, like 'savings account.' However, we aren't talking a bank account. We are talking clocks.
Another term commonly used to refer to DST, particularly in places such as the United Kingdom, is 'Summer Time.' British Summer Time (BST) is the period in which DST is used in the United Kingdom. The term 'winter time' is used for standard time or time without DST. Just another difference from across the pond.
So set your clocks ahead by one hour this weekend in the United States and Canada—March 13, 2016. In the UK, you change your clocks on March 27, 2016.
Enjoy the extra daylight. And know summer is just around the corner.
And if using the term 'Daylight Saving Time' in your posts, blogs, or books, please don't add the s on the end of saving.
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