Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Basilica di San Francesco

Uni-ball Vision Micro on Strathmore 400 series, 120 min. 9 x 11.

I've been in my little studio working on some sketches from my photos of Italy. Its getting kind of boring staying inside, but after work there isn't enough daylight left to go and do some field sketching. Daylight Savings Time can't get here soon enough!

Interestingly, when I typed this, it made me curious to find out when DST started and I found this little gem:

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

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.

Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows more mellifluously off the tongue. Daylight Savings Time is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries.

Adding to the confusion is that the phrase Daylight Saving Time is inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, but it is not as politically desirable.

Screw it...I'm sticking with "Savings" and no one can stop me. And for the record, its April 2nd.

And note to self: Try to work the word "mellifluously" into a conversation very soon.

1 comment:

Okie said...

Who woulda thunk?