What part of the year do you call Daylight Saving Time?

To me and 99% of the people I’ve met, daylight saving(s) time is the time of year you put your clocks forward 1 hour. Occasionally, though, someone will refer to the time of year where you put your clocks back as daylight saving(s) time. Are you part of the 1%?

It’s not the time of year when you put the clock forward or back. It’s between them, starting when you set the clock forward in March. That’s why you’ll see east-coast times listed as “EDT” starting in March and ending in November, and “EST” starting in November and ending in March. Or in most of AZ, it’s always MST, regardless of what the rest of the country is doing.

It is a little odd that standard time is shorter than savings time.

It’s the time of the year when the rest of Canada is out of sync with Saskatchewan.

It’s the time of the year when the clocks are forward an hour. You effectively finish your work day an hour early and have an extra hour of daylight to do things like have a BBQ or play outside. Hence “daylight saving time”. Anyone who thinks it is the winter months when the clocks are back an hour are just wrong.

The part of the year with summer is daylight saving time. The other part isn’t.

IIRC, Daylight savings time was implemented so that folks on the “Home Front” could use the extra hour to tend to their “Victory Gardens” to do their part for the War Effort. This makes it easy to see that DST is in the summertime.

It amazes me how many official information sources think that “PST” is the only abbreviation, and continue to use it even in the summer. A great many of them, who damn well ought to know better, have never heard of “PDT.”

I know that I’m totally wrong, but I basically use the term daylight savings time to mean the act of changing the clock. I know it’s supposed to apply to the whole part of the year until we reverse the change, but I just call both changes “daylight savings time.” (So, for example, I’ll say “Don’t forget it’s daylight savings time next week” or “I hate when daylight savings time makes me change the clocks.”)

It’s what Congress says it is, and when we switch from EST to EDT. If you think otherwise, you’re wrong. Oh, and it’s a stupid law and needs to be repealed.

No idea, it has always confused me. I only talk about the change days.

It’s opposite in the northern hemisphere, which doesn’t help. A lot of things like that confuse me; when I have both the local version and the international version swimming around in my head I mix up which is which.

The way I remember it is: Spring Ahead; Fall Back. I don’t even remember when I learned that, but that would make the March day the one you set the clock Ahead and the November day the one where you Fall Back.

Damn, I hope that’s right! In our house the clocks that matter (TV, computer, phones) are automatically adjusted so I can’t remember the last time I set one manually. :slight_smile:

For a more logical explanation I use the notion of the longer days beginning at the Spring Equinox through Summer Solstice until Fall Equinox. That means the longer days run from March until September – in the Northern Hemisphere. Reverse for Southern. It’s typical for whoever sets the actual dates for DST to wait a few weeks past the Equinoxes as official start and end dates.

I remember some cockamamie legislation back in the 70s or 80s when they tried to extend DST all year! Idiots! Just like they wanted to force PI to be 3!


The part between March, when we move the clocks forward and November when we turn them back again, because that’s when it is. The other, icky, rest of the year is called “standard time”.

Everyone is quick to point out that you spring forward and you fall back, but it’s the time when you sorta wheedle askance sideways that is the true DST.

Daylight Savings Time is also known in the UK as British Summer Time, a handy reminder for when it is.

The rest of the year is GMT.

Voted 3rd option, because it’s not either of the first two.

It’s the period between those two times that includes the Northern hemisphere summer months.

I prefer to think of it as an extra hour to have to stay indoors and run the air conditioner while hiding from the laser beam sun.

We’re trying in Florida (though obviously this would only apply to us). God, how I hate Daylight Savings.

What I want to know is: Why have Daylight Saving Time in the summer when the days are already long (sun up earlier in the morning and down later in the evening), and we least need that extra evening hour? Why not have Daylight Saving Time in the winter when an extra hour in the evening would actually be more helpful?

I fully support such legislation. I would also fully support legislation that instead made it standard time all year. Either way, I don’t care, I just want it to stop changing. No matter if we lose or gain an hour it completely fucks up my sleep cycle.