Various 50th anniversaries have come up this year, and now we are impelled into the midst of the Christmas Shopping Season; today is Black Friday, with sales everywhere.
Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category
The Christmas holidays approach, and we get all sorts of word plays on seasonal themes. Here are three decidedly gay ones.
From several sources recently, references to the word triduum. From NOAD2:
(especially in the Roman Catholic Church) a period of three days’ observance, specifically Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. ORIGIN Latin, from tri- ‘three’ + dies ‘day’.
But the term could easily be used for any three-day holiday, of which there are a number in the US, Canada, and UK (among other places).
Two portmanteaus that came past me recently, from several sources: racino and this year’s conjunct holiday (in the U.S.), Thanksgivukah.
Today is National Coming Out Day. From Wikipedia:
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11.
NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Today is Hangul Day, a holiday to celebrate the Korean writing system. Here’s a video from some years ago with the great linguist Jim McCawley explaining why this is an important day in the calendar:
[Enjoy the Scottish accent. By the way, it's the University of Chicago, not Chicago University.]
This is holiday season. From this blog on October 14th in 2011:
We’ve just had the holiday triple play — Hangul Day [October 9th], Columbus Day (U.S.) / Thanksgiving (Canada) [both the second Monday in October], National Coming Out Day [October 11th] … — and next up is Dictionary Day, October 16th, celebrated on Noah Webster’s birthday. Words running amok in the streets!
Back on September 29th, a card from Chris Ambidge noting that the day was Michaelmas, with recollections of Michaelmas daisies, a pretty plant of the autumn:
Katy Steinmetz on the TIME blog yesterday, in “Say It Aint So: The Movement to Kill the Apostrophe: On National Punctuation Day, here’s a look at efforts to obliterate the apostrophe and unleash a Wild West of unmarked possession”:
Today is the 10th annual National Punctuation Day, a high holiday on nerd calendars across these great United States. Its stated purpose is to be a celebration of underappreciated, misused marks like the semicolon and “the ever mysterious ellipsis.” But a better-known piece of punctuation has been getting some apocalyptic press and deserves attention on this day of celebration: the apostrophe.