Soon, the time will come where most people around the world will set their clocks forward in order to make the most of their daylight hours. For the first time in a long time, people will wake up with the sun shining, and come home from work with the sun still shining in the sky. Since most of us have self-adjusting electronics now, we don’t have as much motivation to think about why we set our clocks forward or back. But, in case you were curious, here are a few fun facts about daylight saving time.
It’s not called Daylight Savings Time.
It’s actually called daylight SAVING time — it’s not a plural. However, this misuse of the plural form has been adopted by most people, much to the frustration of linguists.
The idea behind daylight saving time is that the time when the sun is up is saved for when we’re actually awake, hence the name, which actually makes a lot of sense. The person who first introduced the idea was hoping that this would help families save money on coal and candles, as they would have more daylight hours to finish their work without having to rely on expensive artificial sources of light.