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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Christmas, not Xmas.
The other day I wrote about Internet abbreviations, I know they are sometimes needed when people are in a hurry but I dislike them really. I use them though, but there is one that I really don't like: using xmas or Xmas instead of Christmas. My friend Darin made a really good point about that one to me a few weeks ago. He said that it was like deleting Christ from the celebration, you know the 'X' being a abbreviation for delete. That is sounded awful so for me I will always use Christmas. Just say'n.
OK so my other friend, Mike, sent the following definition from the Wiki:
"Xmas" is a common abbreviation of the word "Christmas". It is sometimes pronounced/ˈɛksməs/, but it, and variants such as "Xtemass", originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for "Mass", while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as "Christ".
There is a common misconception that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas".
So I stand in correction and humility. :)