Come the second Sunday in March, most Americans are turning their clocks ahead one hour, or springing forward, in preparation for the summer months.
This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour is called daylight saving time. But because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable. A hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time. Often the word time is dropped, making the phrase simply daylight saving. The abbreviation DST is also used.
In Italy, the practice is called ora legale, which means “legal time.” It is referred to as summer time in British English.
The controversial practice of DST has been around for over a hundred years. The details of the practice vary from place to place and have changed through the decades. The practice was adopted by the US during World War I in an effort to save electricity, but there are conflicting reports on how effective it is in reducing energy usage nowadays. Some states refuse to follow this practice. Do you think DST should continue, or is it just a hassle?
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