Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It’s ‘Merry Christmas’ – NOT ‘Happy Holidays’

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – No matter what’s “politically correct,” the word “Christmas” is here to stay.

According to a study by the Global Language Monitor – a company that analyzes word usage and trends around the world – “Christmas” is cited 600 percent more than “holiday season” in global media.

Contrary to the popular assumption that the word “Christmas” is being pushed aside in lieu of more “politically correct” and inclusive seasonal phrases, the Global Language Monitor found that “Christmas” accounts for 84.6 percent of all citations in worldwide media.

“Holiday Season” is used 12.6 percent of the time, followed by “Xmas” which accounts for 1.5 percent of seasonal words.

“Hanukkah” is used 0.9 percent of the time, while Kwanzaa is cited 0.3 percent of the time.

On the Internet, “Christmas” leads with 80.8 percent of popular usage, followed by “Xmas” with 10.6 percent.

“Festivus” – the anti-Christmas holiday created by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld – yields 0.03 percent usage.

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