Wednesday, December 29, 2010

abc wednesday - X is for "Xmas"

Does Brooklyn know how to decorate?  Fuggedaboutit!  
This is our main downtown shopping street, seriously 
decked out for the season.  There are some who feel 
that "Xmas" is not—shall we say—correct.  
I'd point out (as Wikipedia says) that: The "-mas" part is from 
the Latin-derived Old English word for "mass", while the "X" comes from the 
Greek letter Chiwhich is the first letter of the Greek 
word Χριστός, translated as "Christ."  Seems okay to me.

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  1. so glad you researched this Alexa, now I need never feel guilty shortening the word Christmas again!
    Though I do like the way the word Christmas sounds, compared to how the word X-mas sounds.
    Your Brooklyn Xmas decoration photo is superb btw.

  2. OMG.. you sure do.. in fact.. it's so beautifulll love to walk under there holding hands with my man... hahahah.. very lovely..

    ABC Wed here

  3. I am with Lily on this - yes a good researcher! Thanks for this,
    ABC Team

  4. oh, Xmas is fine. I must have written about it one year on my blog.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. I was hoping that this would be the year I got to NYC to see these infamous lights and decorations... I am now rather glad it wasn't but still am desperate to get there one Xmas season.

  6. Well, it is colorful! And thanks for the research, Alexa! Always love it when I learn something. I had read this somewhere and found it very interesting, but I'm glad to have it verified! Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!


  7. Although you have given the explanation for the abbreviation, I have to say I don't like it (the abbreviation, not the explanation). I'm not a Xian [:-)], but I just don't think that the name of Christ should be abbreviated to an X. And as for the pronunciation "X-mas" - oh, please!


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