Why do we say “merry Christmas”? Why not “happy Christmas”? And why
don’t we use the word “merry” for anything else nowadays (except for the
occasional merry-go-round)? “Merry Christmas” is so ingrained in our
language, and feels so natural to say, that you probably never stopped
to wonder why. Well, I did, and with the help of linguist Arika Okrent,
we’ll get to the bottom of it.
Thanks to Charlyn Lewis in Pennsylvania for sharing a Christmas
memory in this episode. If you’d like to be on the show, record a voice
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Music from this episode
- “Gaena” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
- “March” — Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
- “Delicant” — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
- “Suppose it Is” — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
- “Wish Background” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
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