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solnabo
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WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:26 pm

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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racko
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:27 pm

french: m'aidez (=help me)
 
David_itl
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:28 pm


Derived from the French "M'aider" ("help me")

David/MAN
 
David_itl
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:30 pm


Racko, I too orignally had a "z" ending but the Collins Dictionary uses the "r" ending. Which dictionary did you look at?

David
 
andreas777
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 7:34 pm

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
 
Air Taiwan
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 8:17 pm

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

thanks!

Jimmy
 
racko
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 8:22 pm

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

m'aidez is the imperative 2nd person plural.

 
D-AIGW
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 9:43 pm

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
 
dl_48
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 9:59 pm





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




Regards Davey..
 
SJC-Alien
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Wed May 08, 2002 10:03 pm

...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,
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RE: WHY "MAY-DAY"?

Thu May 09, 2002 12:01 am

thanks D-AIGW  Smile Appreciate it!

cheers

Jimmy