Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 18:42:27 -0600

From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU

Subject: Re: Happy Holidays -vs- Merry Christmas

Well, how about just sending yall "Season's Greetings?"

It just strikes me now that "Season" is used as above only during the

Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa holidays. Is my observation correct? Any such

uses around Easter or any other religious holiday? The question crossed

my mind because I thought that "Season" might function as a shifter/

"embreyeur." However, if it is part of an idiom, the proposed analysis is

not so compelling. Any suggestions?

Best wishes,



Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

University of Chicago 312-702-8531

Department of Linguistics FAX: 312-702-9861

1010 East 59th Street

Chicago, IL 60637