Sunday, May 01, 2005

Happy May Day!

The use of 'mayday' as a distress call originated with the French m'aidez (help me) or m'aider (to render help to me), and has nothing to do with the ancient spring festival or the international working class holiday.

Although if you want to dance around a big pole whilst your ship sinks, that's up to you.

2 comments:

Arnold said...

Also, bears sh*t in the woods shocker.

Anonymous said...

"Help me" (the imperative mood) actually translates to "aidez-moi". Mayday comes from "venez m'aider" - come and help me.