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You Can’t Cancel Christmas

The other day, I heard my favorite morning radio talk show hosts, Heidi and Frank, take a call from someone who, as a child, misbehaved enough that the parents took down all the Christmas decorations and returned the presents. The caller said her parents “canceled Christmas.”

Cancel means, in this sense, “to call off, usually without expectation of conducting or performing at a later time.”

But you can’t cancel Christmas. It comes every Dec. 25, no matter what.

What you can do, however, is cancel the celebration associated with the day, and that’s what the caller meant.

Too bad that’s not what she said.

Until next time! Use the right words!


December 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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