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Curious thing I noticed recently

In the duolingo discussions, I often come along the word Xmas, probably written instead of christmas. Could an explaination be added? Thanks.

December 19, 2017

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

It is shorthand - X as a substitute for the word “Christ” - stems from Greek lettering. Although it dates back to the Renaissance in use, it continues to be popular. It’s super common in the USA.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Yes, it is a common abbreviation for Christmas. Some people find it offensive because it crosses out the word Christ others say it's from the Greek word for Christ Χριστός. It's been used for hundreds of years.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xmas http://www.dictionary.com/e/xmas-christogram/

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

Thanks, Jaye16! This was exactly what I was thinking about to. Many thanks

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ycUvuSap

As far as I understand, Xmas is a common colloquial (casual) spelling of Christmas. Maybe some kind of text message or chat convention originally, but I'm not sure about this part.

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

Dates from the 16th century, so way, way pre texting.

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ycUvuSap

Thanks for the information.

December 19, 2017
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