Happy Christmas vs. Merry Christmas

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Sat Dec 25 09:44:09 UTC 2010

Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
Subject:      Re: Happy Christmas vs. Merry Christmas

At 12/24/2010 02:24 PM, David A. Daniel wrote:
>My direct contact with Brits and Britspeak goes back to 1967. I have, from
>that time till now, observed that Brits say Happy while Americans say

>The British song does not go "God rest ye *happy* Gentlemen".  (I
>omit the moveable comma.)

Well, not sure what "merry gentlemen" has to do with merry Christmas, but
then... But, if anyone on the ground in the UK wants to go out and take a
poll I'll be willing to bet money that Happy Christmases will outnumber
Merry Christmases by a lot. I won a thousand pounds once making a similar
bet about soccer, so beware...  If interested, here is John Lennon singing
Happy Christmas, and writing it on his sign, while all the little American
kids sing "Merry Christmas" when it is their turn.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2YSAVHmIE Worth a listen in any case.
Brought genuine tears to my eyes.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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