Posted by: episystechpubs | November 1, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Standard time, daylight time, mean time, and Hammer time!

To Mr. Keith Slayton, my favorite pen pal: thank you for suggesting today’s topic.

Wishing you a solemn All Saints’ Day and a soothing Dia de los Muertos! (For more on the touched on yesterday, or the Dia de los Muertos, click the respective links.)

As we revel in these holidays and the upcoming weekend, there’s one more thing to celebrate: the time change! Woo-hoo to an “extra” hour of sleep! Don’t forget to turn your clock back an hour on Saturday night or Sunday morning. And here’s a writing-related reminder that goes with that. When you need to indicate time zones, follow the hours and minutes with the correct abbreviation (a.m. or p.m.) and the time zone after those in parentheses. For example: Meet me in the N Satellite security area of Sea-Tac at 12:30 p.m. (PST). The zones listed in the Chicago Manual of Style include:

GMT Greenwich mean time
EST eastern standard time
EDT eastern daylight time
CST central standard time
CDT central daylight time
MST mountain standard time
MDT mountain daylight time
PST Pacific standard time
PDT Pacific daylight time

Note: If you can’t remember whether it is standard or daylight time, you can always cheat and use the two-letter abbreviation, such as (CT) for Central Time.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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