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Also like the Air France disaster, the pilots of AirAsia had no time to issue a mayday call.
Watch what happens at the scene of a blaze when a radio call of “Mayday!”Why the White Americans Got the ‘Secret’ Ebola Serum|Michael Daly|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Launched in May, Mayday PAC has raised nearly $8 million in donations from more than 50,000 contributors.
Another serious challenge to the Zombie Theory is the absence of any Mayday call from the pilots.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo|Clive Irving|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After their last routine exchange with controllers the pilots never sent any Mayday or distress message.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370|Clive Irving|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So that, by "Mayday, 1747," the name was in all men's memories; and has continued ever since.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
As a third pleasant anticipation, her class had planned a Mayday picnic at a point about two miles up the river.Marjorie Dean High School Freshman|Pauline Lester
Somebody pick up our Mayday while we were cruising submerged?Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper
He expressed in his poems Voluntaries and Mayday views similar to those declared here.Essays|Ralph Waldo Emerson
But here also his religious views stood in his way; the authorities eventually ordering him to leave the city by Mayday 1573.
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Word Origin for Mayday
Word Origin and History for mayday
"distress call," 1923, apparently an Englished spelling of French m'aider, shortening of venez m'aider "come help me!" But possibly a random coinage with coincidental resemblance:
"May Day" Is Airplane SOS
ENGLISH aviators who use radio telephone transmitting sets on their planes, instead of telegraph sets, have been puzzling over the problem of choosing a distress call for transmission by voice. The letters SOS wouldn't do, and just plain "help!" was not liked, and so "May Day" was chosen. This was thought particularly fitting since it sounds very much like the French m'aidez, which means "help me." ["The Wireless Age," June 1923]