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Keep the 'holy' in 'holiday'


Last updated 12/20/2007 at Noon

As our nation weighs in on the controversy of whether to wish people a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” I would like to point out that the word “holiday” originated from the word “holyday.”

When looking up the word “holiday” in Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary, one is directed to the word “holyday” in order to find the definition.

The first definition of that word is: “a day set apart for commemorating some important event in history; a festival intended to celebrate some event deemed auspicious to the welfare of a nation; particularly an anniversary festiv...

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