Re. Pan and Mayday

Subject: Re. Pan and Mayday
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 17:09:47 -0500

Vincent Reh asked for the origins of "pan" and "mayday" in
radio discourse. I'd guess that "pan" is short for "panic",
as in the archetypal phrase "when in danger or in doubt,
run in circles, scream and shout"; "mayday" is, as Vincent
noted, an anglicized version of the French "m'aidez" (as
in, "you safe folks out there, help me").

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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