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Creepy Christmas Carols

Posted by languageandgrammar on December 13, 2011

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we here at Everything Language and Grammar tend to think that we’re too obsessed with Christmas and that too many of us forget that Christmas isn’t celebrated by everyone (last year’s public service announcement).

It doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy parts of the Christmas season, such as the annual cavalcade of Christmas shows.

The music, though, can be so grating. It’s difficult for non-stop music of any type to not be repetitive, but it’s especially so since there are only about 30 Christmas songs——–and most are sung in such an over-the-top way that they sound so sad and whiny. I mean, seriously, has any version of Dreaming of a White Christmas not brought tears to your eyes–in a bad way.

Well, we’re not the only ones who aren’t fond of Christmas songs. Here’s a Gawker post highlighting Creepy Christmas Carols for a Less Cheerful Holiday.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fritters

Posted by languageandgrammar on November 28, 2011

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

It’s time for my semi-annual reminder that not all Americans celebrate Christian Holidays (Easter Is a Religious Holiday and Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas), and I’ll do it by reminding you that other holidays exist, such as National Fritter Day, which is under attack by grease-hating liberals everywhere!

 

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Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas!

Posted by languageandgrammar on December 4, 2010

This is something that originally appeared in a weather post on my weather blog (Cloudy and Cool) last year. It was a larger post about the possibility of a White Christmas for many. The weather part of the blog is not applicable now, but since Hanukkah is currently going on, this part is:

Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas!

When talking about Christmas, it seems silly to randomly substitute the word holidays in an attempt to be inclusive of others. A Christmas tree is not more inclusive if it’s called a holiday tree, and Christmas lights are not any less denominational when called holiday lights.

There’s a better way of being inclusive of non-Christians: Treat them with the respect they deserve.

For example, don’t wish someone who you know celebrates Hanukkah a “Happy Holiday” on December 25 when Hanukkah was three weeks earlier. Instead, wish them a Happy Hanukkah during Hanukkah. Similarly, don’t assume that people who you don’t know celebrate Christmas.

Also, don’t be upset if stores cater to people of all religions (or the non-religious) by talking about the entire holiday season rather than focusing on just Christmas.

There is a lot of discussion at this time of year about a war on Christmas by those who believe that Christmas is a national event, not a religious event.

We want to remind everyone that Christmas is a religious holiday that is not celebrated by everyone.

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Top Ten Top 10 Lists of 2008

Posted by languageandgrammar on December 22, 2008

It’s late in December, and that means that it’s time for one of the most annoying traditions of the year (no, I don’t mean Christmas, but seriously, haven’t we had enough of Christmas already?).

It means that it’s time for top 10 list after top 10 list after top 10 list. To be accurate, some of the lists are top 25 or top 100, but you get the point. It’s time for every major media outlet to review the year that was: 2008.

The funniest thing is when someone is reviewing the year’s events and feels the need to review something that just happened or is still fresh in the news. “Our number 9 story on the greatest scandals of the year involves Illinois governor Blagojevich…” That almost slipped my mind–I hadn’t heard anything about that for five minutes.

Anyway, in keeping with the spirit of the season, here is my top 10 list of annoying top 10 lists:

Number 10: Top 10 movies of 2008

Number 9: Top 10 songs of 2008

Number 8: Top 10 political scandals of 2008

Number 7: Top 10 weather stories of 2008

Number 6: Top 10 sporting events of 2008

Number 5: Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Eve (I know it’s not a top 10 list, but it’s very annoying)

Number 4: Top 10 vegetables of 2008 (hey, Food TV needs to get in on the act)

Number 3: Top 10 bank collapses of 2008

Number 2: Top 10 Bush lies of 2008

And my Number 1 annoying top 10 list: Top 10 top 10 lists of 2008

–Paul

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