My kiddos asked me the other week where "mayday" came from, and I finally remembered to look. I ought to have posted this one on May 1st, May Day (ha . . . ha . . . ha . . .) but didn't think to.
Mayday, according to "The Wireless Age" from June 1923, is an aviator distress call. It was agreed that just saying the letters SOS wouldn't do--that was the agreed upon message for telegraph, but it didn't translate so well to spoken words. The powers that be also decided a simple "Help!" wouldn't do. So they chose "May Day," thinking it particularly fitting because it sounds so similar to the French m'aidez (help me).
It has since translated to any radio communication of help, be it in airplanes or boats or whatever.
I hope all you mothers out there enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday, and that those of you who aren't mothers had a great day with yours. =) We had a really awesome day around here--breakfast in bed, a Xoe-made story, and even a tea party. Better yet, no fighting between the kids--woot! LOL