Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day 147, May 27

Recently I came across the origins of the word "Mayday."  The Mayday call originated in 1923, when Frederick Stanley Mockford, a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London, England, was asked to think of a single, readily understood word that would convey distress.

Mockford came up with "Mayday" because of its similarity to part of the French venez minder, which means "Come help me."

Isn't that a wonderful story?  I have often said those words "Come help me" to family members, to friends, to the Lord.  Maybe I should just say "Mayday" to communicate my need.  Knowing that there is someone who will come to my aid is both empowering and humbling.  I hope my friends and family know that they can say "Mayday" to me and that I will be there.

Joy for today:  knowing that we can say "Mayday" any time to the Lord.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting story. I hadn't heard about the French origin of the word, but it makes sense. I am a bit curious about where you found the spelling of the French words. As a Francophile and former French major, I believe it should be "venez m'aider."