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Season’s greetings – Episode 29 – The Oxford Comment

Say goodbye to endless stuffing: it’s time to welcome our most beloved season of wreaths, wrapping paper…and confusion. The questions, as we began delving, were endless. Should we say happy holidays or season’s greetings? Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas? And how should we really spell Chanukah, once and for all? (Hanukkah? Hanukah? Chanukkah?)

After all, who knew the merriest of months would also be the most mind-boggling? In this month’s episode, Sara Levine, Multimedia Producer, sat down with Katherine Connor Martin, head of US Dictionaries, Allan Metcalf, author of From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations, and Edmund WeinerDeputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary to solve the season’s most baffling linguistic conundrums.

Image Credit: “Snowmen” by julie. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

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