A recent conversation lead to a spirited debate about the use of the word holiday. One focused on its origin:
- Holiday (according to AllExperts) is a compound stemming from the words holy and day. The word ‘holiday’ first surfaced in the 1500’s replacing the earlier word ‘haliday’ which was recorded before 1200 in the Old English book Ancrene Riwle. Earlier, about 950, the word was ‘haligdaeg’ and appeared in the Old English Lindisfarne Gospels. It was a compound of halig (holy) plus daeg (day)
The other on the more common use:
- Holiday (hŏl’ĭ-dā’) n. A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event. Which the British use for A vacation.
No matter how you define it, shall we resolve in any case to make more “holiday” time in 2009? Enjoy!