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Mayday

[mey-dey] /ˈmeɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the international radiotelephone distress signal, used by ships and aircraft.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < French (venez) m'aider (come) help me!
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Mayday

/ˈmeɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the international radiotelephone distress signal
Word Origin
C20: phonetic spelling of French m'aidez help me
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Word Origin and History for may-day
mayday
"distress call," 1927, from Fr. m'aider, shortening of venez m'aider "come help me!"
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