Daylight saving time–the easiest bar bet ever

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Want to win an easy couple of bucks?

Introduce the concept of setting our clocks forward in the spring or backward in the fall into a friendly discussion.  Then, say “Wait–is the proper term, ‘Daylight Saving Time’ or ‘Daylight Savings Time?’” and get ready to win some money.


Most people feel the term flows better with the extra “s,” so be prepared to take the opposing view in a friendly wager.  Try not to be too smug when you collect.  Tweet This


The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.


“Saving” is used here as a verbal adjective or a participle because it modifies “time.”


So the ultra-correct version includes a hyphen and looks like this: Daylight-Saving Time or DST. 


The Daylight Saving Time story actually gets more interesting. And DST may be going away finally, as Washington and a few West Coast States have voted to stay on DST all year long.


Daylight saving time is not plural


Even the correct phrase, Daylight Saving Time is technically inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved.


“Daylight-Shifting Time” (also DST) would be a better name, but good luck instituting that change.


During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, giving us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring.


Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.


I wish I lived during the old days, when people had more time.  😉


Want to have more time?


Time management remains one of our biggest challenges. To maximize your time, you must learn to:


  1. Prioritize and then re-prioritize

  2. Say “no” more often

Time, of course, is money.


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