Feliz Natal / Merry Christmas / Feliz Navidad / Joyeux Noël

AFRIKAANS geseënde Kersfees ALBANIAN gëzuar Krishtlindja ALSATIAN gleckika Wïanachta ARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid) ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnund AZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarak BASQUE Eguberri on BELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem) BENGALI subho baradin BOSNIAN sretan Božić BRETON Nedeleg laouen BULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda) BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa CATALAN bon… Read More

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

A little more than 110 years ago, the New York Sun journalist Frank Church published an answer to a question from an eight year old girl: Is there a Santa Claus? The editorial, which included the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in… Read More

Ho ho ho! The Legend of Santa Claus

Nicholas was born to a wealthy Christian family in Patara in around 280 AD. The place is near Myra in modern-day Turkey. He was so kind and pious that he helped anyone who came his way and soon many legends about his good deeds became popular. Later, he became the Bishop of Myra. He had… Read More

Merry Christmas in all languages / Feliz Natal em todos os idiomas

AFRIKAANS geseënde KersfeesALBANIAN gëzuar KrishtlindjaALSATIAN gleckika WïanachtaARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid)ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnundAZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarakBASQUE Eguberri onBELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem)BENGALI subho baradinBOSNIAN sretan BožićBRETON Nedeleg laouenBULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda)BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw paCATALAN bon NadalCHEROKEE ulihelisdi danisdayohihviCHINESE 圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè)CORNISH Nadelek lowenCORSICAN bon NataleCROATIAN sretan… Read More

And the Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2022 goes to ‘Gaslighting’

People suffering from long Covid took up the term “medical gaslighting” to describe the medical establishment’s inappropriate dismissal of their symptoms. The word can also be used to describe individuals across contexts, from romantic partners to politicians. The dictionary offers two definitions for the term. The first describes it as “psychological manipulation of a person usually… Read More

Black Friday 2022

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated… Read More

Halloween 2022: a whopping U$10.6B spending! Sales, Stats, Trends, and even Costume Choices!

It’s Halloween time!  We’ve come a long way since the dark days of Fall 2020. In fact, this year will see the highest percentage of people celebrating Halloween since 2018, according to the National Retail Federation. Per-Person Halloween Spending Drops a Buck or Two This Year 2021 was historic for Halloween because it was the… Read More

Por que as crianças aprendem idiomas com mais facilidade do que os adultos?

O site das Nações Unidas*, por ocasião das comemorações do Dia Internacional da Língua Materna (International Mother Language Day) que acontece todos os anos no dia 21 de fevereiro, entrevistou a Dra. Eleonore Smalle, pesquisadora de pós-doutorado na Universidade de Ghent (Bélgica) e professora palestrante na Universidade de Tilburg (Holanda), sobre os mecanismos de cognição… Read More

Confusing words: Then and Than

THAN is used in comparative statements. ~ Another pair of words that I see misused far more often than not is than and then. ~ He is taller than I am. ~ Other than the interest on a small inheritance, he had no income. ~ Today’s students certainly do seem to read less than students in… Read More