Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 21:49:22 -0500 From: Alan Baragona Subject: Re: Season's Greetings Barnhart wrote: > > Dear All, > > Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanza. Are there dialectal > variations in these? > Apparently there is for Kwanza, anyway, though it may not be dialectal. In Virginia, it's spelled , and a recent newspaper article actually pointed out that the Swahili word for "first" is "kwanza," but that a final -a had been added to the festival's name. It didn't explain who added the -a or why, and I note that the RHD (Unabridged) spells it "Kwanza" in good Swahili. So is there regional variation in the American spelling of this relatively new holiday or just general inconsistency? And why the un-African -aa spelling in the first place? Alan B.