Do You Say Daylight “Saving” Time or Daylight “Savings” Time?

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Most Americans are turning their clocks forward one hour, a sure sign that winter may soon be behind us, regardless of what the thermometer still says.

This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour in the spring andadjusting them back an hour in the fall 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.

One reported consequence of this year’s time change is that certain alarms on iPhones won’t go off at the correct moment. We’re not iOS experts, but we do know what the “I” in “iPhone,” iPad,” and “iPod” stands for.

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. One of the original goals of DST was to save electricity, but there are conflicting reports on how effective it is in actually reducing energy usage. Some states refuse to follow this practice: Do you think DST should continue, or is it just a hassle?


  1. Alemu -  May 26, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Ilve it,or like to DST.But we kept our daylight.

  2. mimi ells -  April 11, 2014 - 7:29 am

    I say savings yo! lol not yo jk

  3. Cody -  March 30, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I hate it as it totally ruins my already messed up sleep schedule, taking a long time to recover.

    However, to those who don’t actually realise this, the amount of additional daylight you get (per 24 hour clock) depends on how close you are to the equator. Now use your brain and think about the Nordic region. Even other countries in Europe (e.g., Holland).

  4. Daphne Ollman -  March 15, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Whichever way you call it (“savings” here) drop it, drop it now. It prolongs the ordeal for school children who have to wait for buses in the dark and it certainly interferes with circadian rhythms. The latter has become pronounced as I’ve grown older — never noticed it in younger days. Now it takes about a week for me to recover, the same as jet lag.

    Back to “savings”: I always thought of it as time in the bank, the way “savings” are money in the bank.

    And for Tucker: DST was not called an “acronym” in the article, it was “abbreviation.”

  5. wolf tamer and iron miner -  March 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    I have never had problems with DST. I don’t think it’s as bad as some commenters make out…. We should keep it.

  6. Bicycle Curtis -  March 12, 2014 - 10:04 am

    I grew up in Arizona and for 30 years the day-night cycles remained the same year-round with the seasons. Now I live where the DST is “practiced” or rather forced upon me and the effects are enormous on the body. Which is why I agree with Novelist “It interferes with our circadian rhythms and has been linked to increased heart attacks, high blood pressure, car accidents, and workplace accidents.”

    It’s worse than jet lag and with all our modern appliances, e.g. air conditioners, it doesn’t save on electricity.

    Standard Time or Daylight Time, I don’t care, just pick one and stick with it.

  7. Michael -  March 12, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Why don’t we make it a ritual to change the word “time” to “forthelulz” every six months, too? I mean, while we’re doing pointless things. Sorry, but I can’t take Daylight Saving seriously. It’s a little like swallowing your food, only to throw it back up in your mouth to swallow it again. It doesn’t matter how many times you throw it back up, it’s not going to multiply into more food. Good luck, though.

  8. Earthgirl -  March 12, 2014 - 6:37 am

    I agree with “Novelist” to abolish it. DST does not make any sense and we should just keep with Standard time all year long. DST upsets the balance of nature and has no real benefits or savings at all. If people want daylight, then get yourself up earlier in the day. Don’t mess with nature.

  9. Pete -  March 11, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    If you love outdoor activities, and you work a full-time day job, then you want every minute of daylight you can get in the evening hours. If you’re on standard time year round, and the sun comes up at 4:30 AM during May, June, & July, it doesn’t help too many people beside dairy farmers who have to head out to milk the cows.

  10. tucker -  March 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    DST is an example of an initialism, or alphabetism, not an acronym, as mentioned.

  11. Tommy -  March 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    British Summer Time

  12. tucker -  March 11, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    The fact that “people frequently say “Daylight Savings Time” rather than Daylight Saving Time is not an explanation. Not that you were really asking that, but I’m conjecturing that it comes from the actual physicality of where the tongue is in the mouth while saying the phrase. “Saving” ends in a “g”, which is a gutteral sound made with the tongue int he back of the mouth, while “T” in Time is made with the tongue pressed against the teeth. An “s” sound is made in the middle of the mouth. So, when we say the two words together, the tongue–while making the “g” from Saving– slides trhough the “s” sound on it’s way to making a “T” sound, and so it feels more natural to say “Daylight Savings Time”.
    Maybe the linguists in the audience can confirm if this phenomenon is the likely origin of the change. After all, we are not “Svings time”, but Saving Time. And I like it–except when I have to get up in the morning when it’s colder and darker…

  13. Sharon -  March 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    I would like to sign a petition asking that this ritual be banned. I bet if an in depth study were done they would find more CONs than PROs with DST. Please the powers that be please discontinue!!!

  14. Big T. -  March 11, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    I think we should stop the practice.
    Stop turning the clocks back.\
    Leave it so the sun sets at the later time.

  15. Annette -  March 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Ed, an acronym doesn’t have to be pronounceable. Look it up on this website.

  16. wolf tamer and iron miner -  March 11, 2014 - 7:33 am

    I also like DST because, since I live across the world from the United States (where my family and many of my friends are), the time difference is an hour less during DST, so I have a wider time window to call/Skype with them.

  17. TW -  March 10, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    To the people who want to keep DST for the entire year… there would then be no change and darkness/daylight times would remain in effect for the full 12 months!

  18. Singed -  March 10, 2014 - 5:54 pm

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  19. Kay, Chicago, IL -  March 10, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Discontinue DST

  20. DM -  March 10, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    I’d also prefer DST all year long. If it’s too dark for the school children in the morning, just start school an hour later. I’ve read this would be better for teenagers because they get to sleep an hour longer. I think I could have used an extra hour of sleep before school.

  21. Larry Hinkle -  March 10, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    And, actually, MORE states are using DST than in the past. Indiana recently incorporated DST, so the only holdouts are HI parts of AZ. Various state legislatures have developed movements to change the treatment of time, but some propose staying on standard time and others on DST.

  22. Larry Hinkle -  March 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    I think we should go entirely to daylight savings time and forget standard time. These days it makes more sense to have the light in the evening, since most people work.

  23. Novelist -  March 10, 2014 - 11:41 am

    I received an email that describes it perfectly.

    Wise man say, “Only the government can cut off the bottom of a blanket, sew it onto the top of the blanket and believe he has a longer blanket.”

    I believe it should be abolished. It interferes with our circadian rhythms and has been linked to increased heart attacks, high blood pressure, car accidents, and workplace accidents.

    God slowly increases or decreases the daylight/dark cycle so that His creatures can adjust, our ever-wise government believes in the sink or swim method of just jumping us ahead or backward for what has turned out to be a false assumption of electricity savings.

  24. Shawn -  March 10, 2014 - 11:25 am

    I’m with Ellie, lets stay on DST all year long.

  25. ian -  March 10, 2014 - 5:09 am

    Daylight savings is a complete nuisance and should be abandoned!

  26. Ed Watts -  March 9, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    “DST” is not an acronym; an acronym must be pronounceable.

  27. JT Sullivan -  March 9, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Living at the far east part of ES(D)T, I would prefer DT all year around.

  28. Harvey Wachtel -  March 9, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    It’s useful in the summer, but they’ve made the effective period too long. I’d like more light in the morning around now.

    Also, I don’t understand the inconsistency in the way the changes are made. If we set the clocks forward from 02:00 ST to 03:00 DST, I’d expect to set them back from 03:00 DST to 02:00 ST; wouldn’t you? Politicians don’t seem to think the way regular people do.

  29. Tobi -  March 9, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    Finally! Spring and summer are here!

  30. Roberta -  March 9, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    A HUGE ridiculous unnecessary hassle! Hawaii and Arizona have the right idea to ignore it. Get rid of it.

  31. James Martindale -  March 9, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    DST is stoopid. Why isn’t it gone already? D:<

  32. Lisa -  March 9, 2014 - 11:14 am

    I think that instead of Springing ahead one hour, we should fall BACK 23!

  33. escocesrojo -  March 9, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Daylight Saving Time is an unnecessary ritual. It saves no electricity. What we save in the evening we use in the morning.

  34. Ellie -  March 9, 2014 - 11:02 am

    I am absolutely crazy about DST. So so wish it could be all year round. Hate the darkness so early in the evening.

  35. Thiago -  March 9, 2014 - 10:28 am

    In Brazil, it is called horário de verão, which translates as summer time. Here, DST is the acronym for STD.

  36. Tom -  March 9, 2014 - 9:26 am

    I think it’s ridiculous to turn them back and forth twice a tear.
    Nothing is really gained.

  37. Teri Campbell -  March 9, 2014 - 9:01 am

    DST is “just a hassle.” It’s a foolish practice and I dislike it. I don’t like it to be dark at 7 a.m. and light at 9p.m. Let’s remain on standard time all year long!

  38. G.balasubramanian -  March 9, 2014 - 6:56 am

    DST seems to losing slowly its grip over all as a force of habit. Practical reasons, refusal of some governments to go by DST and the failure of DST as a regulator of energy saving mechanism are making DST’s charm to slowly wear thin. DST is finding it difficult to save itself.

  39. Victor -  March 8, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    I like having the extra hour of light at the end of the day while DST is in effect. If people find it too annoying to continue switching to and fro then, rather than abandon DST, I think we should just leave DST in effect year round. In winter it won’t bother us anyhow. The days are already short.

  40. Sally Sennett -  March 8, 2014 - 11:04 am

    I think it should continue.

  41. wolf tamer and iron miner -  March 8, 2014 - 5:11 am

    DST is great! It’s as if there is actually more daylight – the day seems to last hours longer.

  42. Hammy -  March 8, 2014 - 3:07 am

    Savings well at least that’s what I say anyway. :) :) ;)


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