Turkey of a Myth
Posted by languageandgrammar on November 19, 2010
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever
We have often noted that often repeated language and grammar errors seem to become “correct” usage. Wouldn’t it be weird if math used that philosophy? When enough people said 2+2=5, it would! It would still equal 4, of course, but it would also equal 5.
In the vein, I thought that I’d go off topic today and note a particularly pervasive myth that is constantly stated at this time of year:
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year.
Not only is it typically NOT the busiest travel day of the year, it’s often not even close–at least as far as air travel is concerned. As recently as 2008, there were 220 busier travel days that year.
For more information, see Holiday Travel Myths Exposed.
Granted, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is still busiest travel day of the year for people who are willing to go a surprisingly long distance to eat turkey, which may very well be overcooked.
It’s surprising that the myth has survived as long as it has. First of all, there are records for such things. Second, while many people travel for the holiday, they’re not competing with business travelers for the most part–a large portion of normal travelers are staying at home.
By the way, if you are traveling, then you might want to check out my AOL News article on possible weather-related travel delays.