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daylight saving time
Do you say "daylight saving time" or "daylight savings time"? Many of us (we plead guilty) carelessly use the plural "savings," including the writer of a quite recent Huffington Post article, with the headline "Daylight Savings Time Starts March 8." Wrong.

It's "daylight saving time." It's an easy mistake to make, probably because of the associations with common terms like "savings bank" and "savings account." The British have a better idea. Often, instead of calling it "daylight saving time," a rather unwieldy phrase, they call it "summer time," which not only is a perfect opposite to "standard time" (non–daylight saving time) but also sounds so evocative.