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WHY "MAY-DAY"?  
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 859 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Maybe a stupid question, but I gotta know.
Who invented it?????
Greatful for answer.
Michael/SE

P.S.
Why not may-flower or june-day Smile/happy/getting dizzy)


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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

french: m'aidez (=help me)

User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7437 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1860 times:
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Derived from the French "M'aider" ("help me")

David/MAN


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7437 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1852 times:
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Racko, I too orignally had a "z" ending but the Collins Dictionary uses the "r" ending. Which dictionary did you look at?

David


User currently offlineAndreas777 From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

Hi all,

the reason why the verb "aider" has an "r" at the end is because May Day actually comes from "Venez m'aider" which means "Come help me".
In other words, the verb is actually in the infinitive form rather than the "imperative" form.

Hope this helps,


Andreas


User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

And how do you pronounce "Venez m'aider"?

thanks!

Jimmy


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

I thought it came from the imperative, sorry. Thanks for making that clear, Andreas

m'aidez is the imperative 2nd person plural.



User currently offlineD-AIGW From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Actually you don't really have to care if it comes from "m'aidez" or "m'aider", because both have the same pronunciation in French.

Air Taiwan: "Venez m'aider" is pronounced vuh-NAY MAY DAY


User currently offlineDl_48 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1729 times:





Hello, it comes from the French maidez meaning help, me...




Regards Davey..


User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

...one of the few things I remember from French I class, is you usually don't pronounce the " C, R, F, or L,..:" at the end of most French words...but then again,,,what I know..?  Big grin

au revoir,
SJC Alien


User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

thanks D-AIGW  Smile Appreciate it!

cheers

Jimmy


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