Aaarrrrgggghhhh! NAILS ON BLACKBOARDS!!! (What is the 21st Century analogy for a screeching sound you can't stand?)
poochyena wrote:Why don't they keep daylight savings time?
OK, First, It's Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving is a adjective (phrase) modifying time; Saving is not a plural noun. That is, there's only one "s" in saving.
Saving can be a countable noun, as in "There are two savings that can be made". Since every day there is a saving of daylight*, it is correct to say that during DST, there are "Daylight Savings". Now, it is true that it was originally intended to be a verb, as in "this is the time that saves daylight", but it could equally be "this is the time during which there are savings of daylight". In English, this would also be more natural, after all, we don't usually say "Electing Day".
* And it is a saving: When you save money, you don't create more of it(despite the common idiom), you just move spending from now into the future. Similarly, when everyone gets up 1 hour earlier, you move one hour of daylight from when you are asleep to when you are awake.
Back back on topic:
I personally don't like the messing with the clock aspect of it, and was happy when Western Australia defeated it's fourth referendum trying to introduce it.
I also don't quite understand why it's so common in the high latitudes, since those areas already get hugely long daylight hours: In Seattle in June , it doesn't get dark until after 10pm (with DST). I have on more than one occasion complained about the "Wasting of Darkness/Twilight" that occurs due to DST (ie. If it doesn't get dark until after 10, then you have to wait really late to do any nocturnal activities. Moonlit strolls, outdoor cinema... made all the more challenging by the excess of daylight. Very disappointing given that the weather is otherwise perfect for them.) An 8pm sunset with a decent twilight period afterwards still gives you plenty of time.
It seems unlikely that DST would ever be repealed in the USA: there's too much money in it now. Extensions are usually supported by outdoor activities vendors (Coleman, golf courses etc), and I believe that the 2007 extension, which had the side effect of putting Halloween inside the DST time period, was heavily lobbied for by confectionery makers. (After all, an extra hour of daylight is an extra hour to trick or treat)
On the other hand, Russia went into DST this year and never came back (as did a handful of countries that share close ties: Ukraine and Belarus at least). That idea doesn't seem to be a too horrible one, but it does have the disadvantage of making people drive to work in the dark during winter.