The hour…

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, College News, Culture, Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

So, the hour went forward last weekend. I use the phrase ‘Springs forward, Falls back’ to help me remember. Spring, as in the season it happens in and the forward motion a ‘spring in your step’ implies. Fall, for the way Americans say Autumn, and back, for its collocation with back.

Right now I’m trying to get used to the new time, my body thinks it’s 8 o clock, when the clock on my phone reads 9 o’clock. This is not good for me as I’m not the best with time on a normal day.

In Spring I spend a few days after the clock change subtracting an hour from the time and reminding myself that ‘it’s really an hour earlier’. On a normal day (as in, the days before the clock changed) it wouldn’t be this time.

In Winter it’s the same, but I add an hour to the time.

Some people don’t have a problem with the change and go along as normal. Me, I’m sure to be talking about ‘the hour’ for a few days afterwards.

Here’s a few phrases you’ll hear people use:

‘I’m on “old time”, I’m really not used to this “new time” yet’

i'm on old time

i’m on old time

‘This time last week it was (“old time” o’clock)’ or ‘It’s really..(“old time” o’clock)’

this time last week

this time last week

‘How’re you finding the hour?’

‘How’re you finding’ in this question means ‘How is the clock change affecting you?’ (Maybe you’re tired, or your pets are confused by the change in schedule)

how're you finding the hour?

how’re you finding the hour?

‘There’s a grand stretch in the evenings’. This is said when you are happy that the sunset is at a later time in the day.

there's a grand stretch in the evening

Samuel Beckett Bridge at Sunset – Dublin –

‘The days are getting longer now’. Don’t worry, each day is still the same duration, it’s just that there is more daylight.

the days are longer now

the days are longer now