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By Jennifer D. Foster
Here’s a little twist on the holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to get us all in the festive spirit!
On the first day of editing, my true love gave to me: a brand-new dictionary.
On the second day of editing, my true love gave to me: two Tylenol and a brand-new dictionary.
On the third day of editing, my true love gave to me: three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.
On the fourth day of editing, my true love gave to me: four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary. (more…)
Wordplay is a regular column by editor and language writer James Harbeck in which he tastes and plays with English words and usages.
There are some things that seem to happen only at Christmas. For instance, there’s someone who wanders around all over the place and does something on your roof.
Well, OK, that’s more in the league of things that are spoken of (or sung of) as happening at Christmas. It’s the time of year when we sing about how up on the rooftop reindeer pause and out jumps good old Santa Claus. And also about decking the halls with boughs of holly.
Ah, yes, that song—it has three great Christmas-only verbs in its first verse:
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la.
’Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la . . . et cetera.
Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la, la la la, hmm. . . .
Troll the ancient yuletide carol, fa la la. . . . Say, what do you mean by troll?