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Fall Back

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 00:44 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Daylight Saving Time ends in just over an hour, which means that we get an extra hour of sleep tonight. I’m spending my extra hour blogging about a couple of my pet peeves.

First of all, it’s Daylight SAVING Time, people, not Daylight SAVINGS Time. If you don’t believe me, I’ll point out that no less than the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a U.S. Government agency, calls it Daylight Saving Time. Since it is the federal government that regulates when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends in this country (many other countries start a week later and end a week earlier), they would know what it’s called.

Second, during Daylight Saving Time, we refer to the time as “daylight time,” not “standard time,” as in, “Our business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.” It makes me crazy when people say “Eastern [or whatever time zone they’re in] Standard Time” in the middle of the summer. It isn’t a trivial point: some parts of the country, including Arizona, Hawaii, and some U.S. territories, stay on standard time year round, which means that for half the year, Arizona is on Pacific Mountain Standard Time while the rest of the time zone is on Pacific Mountain Daylight time—an hour later.

Now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, it’s time for me to set all my clocks, watches, appliances, and electronics back one hour before I go to bed. Sleep tight.

(Edited to correct Arizona’s time zone.)

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