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A Not-So-Happy New Years


Happy New Year! Or should I cringe if I hear somebody shout “Happy New Years?”

Thankfully, no one uttered that malapropism last night at my party. But I have heard it before, usually from small children or drunks.

It’s really simple. If you brought in 2012 with gleeful shouts of “Happy New Years,” you should have been ready to name which years: the current, past or future years?

Similarly, if you meant “Happy New Year’s,” you should have informed your gathering which New Year’s possession you wished happiness. Was it New Year’s Day? New Year’s baby? the just-concluded New Year’s Eve?

Stick with the singular and enjoy the present year.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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January 1, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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