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Old October 25th, 2003, 04:35 PM
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Just curious about something.....and having o switch the clocks back tonight made me wonder....are we in the US the only ones to follow DST? or also the islands in the Carribean. I know, a little strange, but just a curiosity considering most port excursions are based on local island times.
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Old October 25th, 2003, 10:46 PM
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GREAT QUESTION...I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW!
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OK - from watching the Tropical Update on TWC and from someone posting from Germany earlier today....yes some parts of the world do follow DST. It is entirely up to the individual governments as to whether they observe it or not.

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Here's a good web site for information about daylight saving time - note the spelling[*] - worldwide. According to the information provided, it's the same for the United States, Canada, Mexico, St. Johns, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos. It starts the first Sunday in April and ends the last Sunday in October.
[*] According to another interesting daylight saving time site: "The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time. Saving is used here as a verbal adjective (a participle). It modifies time and tells us more about its nature; namely, that it is characterized by the activity of saving daylight. It is a saving daylight kind of time. Similar examples would be dog walking time or book reading time. Since saving is a verb describing a single type of activity, the form is singular."



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That's very interesting, Bernie. Thanks for the links. But if what they say is correct, shouldn't it be "daylight-saving time" (hyphenated)? Just curious.

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Thanks, Jack. You're very welcome. I'm not sure about daylight-saving being hyphenated, but it doesn't seem to be necessary according to this English writer's guide. If you really want to know because of curiousity [and aren't being sarcastic], you may want to contact the author at daylight03 @webexhibits.org.

I didn't know about this common mistake at one time and thought that others might also be unaware. I was corrected for saying Daylight SavingS Time by a Japanese girlfriend who is studying English. Often it seems that non-native speakers are more concerned with proper language than those who should be familiar.



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