Mar 11, 2011 1:43 PM by David Sherman

Spring Forward: Set Clocks 1 Hour Ahead This Weekend

It's almost time Daylight Saving Time, which means setting clocks forward one hour.

The official change takes place at 2 am on Sunday, March 13th, but as a practical matter, many people change their clocks either before going to bed on Saturday night, or upon waking on Sunday morning.

The Daylight Saving Time will last until November 6, 2011, when we will "fall back" and set clocks back one hour.

Some people enjoy the twice-yearly ritual of tinkering with time, feeling that "springing forward" or "falling back" helps to usher in a more seasonal atmosphere.

Other people, however, don't like the idea of trying to trick our bodies and our daily lives by adjusting the clocks.

For instance, in the 2011 Montana Legislature - as in several previous sessions - there was a proposal to take Montana off of the time-changing standard.

MT State Representative Kris Hansen (R-Havre) drafted a bill titled "A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ESTABLISHING DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AS THE OFFICIAL TIME FOR MONTANA; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 30-14-1729 AND 71-1-313, MCA." The bill was tabled in committee and no further action taken.

And for folks who rely on their mobile phone for time-telling purposes: most service providers automatically update the time on their cell phones. If you wake up on Sunday and find that yours hasn't updated, a simple power off/power on cycle should set it right.

And for folks who are picky about words, note that the official phrase is "Daylight Saving Time" - there is no letter S at the end of the word "saving."

According to WebExhibits.org:

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. Because of this, it would be more accurate to refer to DST as daylight-saving time. Similar examples would be a mind-expanding book or a man-eating tiger. Saving is used in the same way as saving a ball game, rather than as a savings account.

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, and Daylight Time Shifting more accurate, but neither is politically desirable.