Daylight Saving Times (in the plural)
Well, another week, and another blip in the stats for a post that I wrote three years ago, Benjamin Franklin’s Daylight Saving Time joke is taken seriously.
If you have CDO – which is OCD in alphabetical order – then you are probably driven up the wall when you hear someone refer to “daylight savings time.” The proper term is “daylight saving time,” in which the word “saving” is singular, not plural.
However, the word “time” should probably not be singular.
Why not? Because there is not one universal time (or even earthly time) when Daylight Saving Time begins.
Case in point – the reason that I received a jump in the stats for my March 2012 post is because Daylight Saving Time started in the United States and certain other countries over the weekend. However, those who actually read the post read something that Franklin happened to publish in the Journal of Paris – and in Paris, Daylight Saving Time doesn’t start until the end of March.
This causes all sorts of confusion in my brain. I work for the California subsidiary of a Paris-based company, and it takes every ounce of my brain to remember that there is a nine-hour time difference between my office and the office in Paris. Except for this month, of course, when the difference is different. I had to count on my fingers (and luckily, not take off my shoes) to figure out whether there is an eight-hour time difference this month, or a ten-hour difference. (It’s eight.)
I’m just thankful that I don’t work for the California subsidiary of an Australian company, because that would confuse me to no end. You see, in Australia, Daylight Saving Time didn’t start last weekend, and it won’t start a few weekends from now. Instead, Daylight Saving Time will END in April, as the Southern Hemisphere ends summer and starts heading toward winter.
I have enough trouble keeping the time straight in Australia, trying to figure out if it’s tomorrow or yesterday over there. (From my perspective, it’s tomorrow over there. I guess that means that my Australian friends are better futurists than I am.)
So now that we’re starting Daylight Saving Time and they’re ending it, will it be the day after tomorrow, or the day before yesterday?