Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 18:42:27 -0600 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" 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, Sali. ********************************************************************** 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 **********************************************************************