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Today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day. And today is the longest day of the year.
And today I decided not to get on my Schwinn 170. Today is my legs’ day of rest.
Yes today is Father’s Day. It is a day to remember and celebrate fathers.
I am somewhat confused. Today is a special day but it is not a holiday. According to the New York Post and much of the media and many, many persons shepherded in the use of the English language by mass media and commercialism “It’s Father’s Day, but is he really hankering for another tie? Not according to Nielsen, which in honor of the holiday…”, today is NOT a holiday. We are using an incorrect word. Today is not a holiday.
Merriam-Webster defines holiday as “a special day of celebration: a day when most people do not have to work.” And the definition continues “1 : Holy Day, 2 : a day on which one is exempt from work: specifically: a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event, 3 chiefly British : vacation, and 4 : a period of exemption or relief…” Not one of the six definitions at Dictionary.com supports the New York Post use of the word holiday. The Oxford Dictionaries define it as “A Day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.” Period.
Bloody hell, if you must, change the definition.
It just so happens that Father’s Day which began in 1910 is fixed on a Sunday. There are 52 Sundays in a calendar year. In the Christian week it was, may have been set aside as the day of rest. It may be a holiday…but today in this world of 24/7 ALL people are not allowed to stay away from work.
Bloody hell, change the definition.
I say and celebrate Father’s Day…but please do not call it a holiday. It is a very special day. Happy Father’s Day. And bloody hell Halloween, Valentine's and St. Patrick’s Days are NOT holidays. These are festivities and merriments.
Happy Father’s Day, to all fathers on this day of celebration and merriments. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers on your day of recognition. And Happy Father’s Day to father’s and dads, both who are on a day off and those who have to work today. Enjoy your day.
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