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Sat Dec 25 21:41:20 UTC 2004
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From: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
> On Dec 25, 2004, at 11:47 AM, Barbara Need wrote:
> > ... I was recently rereading an Agatha Christie in which someone wishes
> > another person "Merry Christmas", so the question may be, when the
> > British start saying "Happy Christmas"?
> americans said it too: recall the final line of the famous poem of
> Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Ah! But it depends on WHO wrote it.
<<The first known uses of "all snug" are in the ribald anapests that
influenced Livingston's other poems. Another example: the benediction "Happy
Christmas." Almost everyone else said "Merry Christmas," but Mr. Livingston
consistently used "happy.">>
one of the great detective stories of Christmas--Livingston or Moore?
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