May 1st happens to be on a Wednesday this year, so that means it’s IWSG Day AND May Day at the same time.
I’m a writer, so language fascinates me – and I get easily sidetracked by it. May Day is one of those funny language things where two words have so many different meanings depending on context. May Day is also International Workers Day, a day to celebrate the working people of the world. It’s also the day we celebrate spring. After a crazy winter here in the Northeastern United States, we finally have flowers! (And weeds – lots of flowering weeds. Not sure I feel about those….)
Mayday is also a phrase that means “help me” in French, and Mayday Mayday Mayday is the way ships let people know they’re in serious trouble over the radio, where transmissions can get staticky, so they need quick call signs.
This Spring, I’m feeling a little all of the above. I’m really glad spring is here, but I’m also kind of finding it hard to stay motivated to write. But, I’m sticking in there. Sort of. Some days more than others.
Hope you have a great May wherever you are!
2 thoughts on “IWSG: Happy May Day!”
I agree, May can mean so many things, including, help! I feel a bit of everything too, atm!
It turns out that mayday is from the French m’aider (help me). Possibly the root word “aide” is in there. This is similar to how SOS does not mean “save our souls.” It’s just three letters that have particular dots and dashes.