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‘Holiday Eve’ and Other Modern Americanisms

In Impromptus today, I publish a letter from a reader who says he has now heard it all, where political correctness is concerned: On ESPN, on Christmas Eve, an announcer referred to the evening as . . . “Holiday Eve.” Which makes sense, if Christmas is going to be “Holiday.”

Another reader writes,

Hey Nord-dog (you don’t mind if I call you that, do you? [No.]),

So, during the Christmas season, there was this ad on the radio. It was for a camcorder. It had two new parents talking, and a baby cooing in the background. We hear that the baby is about two months old. The dad says something like, “I want to catch Sophie’s first holiday on film.” Logically, wouldn’t Sophie’s first holiday have been Thanksgiving?

Yes, or Veterans Day — or Halloween?

I am now officially done with “Christmas”/“holiday” comments until next season — I think . . . (Not quite promising.) (I mean, this is in pixels, rather than stone.)

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