Posted by: episystechpubs | December 6, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Five gold rings

Happy Friday!

Next week, I’d like to take a break from requests and peeves and get into the holiday spirit. I was sitting in a meeting trying to think of a framework to use, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” popped into my head. No matter what your religion, you’ve probably heard or seen that song referenced. It’s the one where somebody’s true love is giving them some crazy gifts such as 12 drummers, 11 pipers, 10 leaping lords, and as the countdown goes on, a heck of a lot of birds, including a partridge in a pear tree.

Normally I try to stay away from politics, religion, and those other non-PC topics, which is why I am giving you a whole weekend to prepare yourself for references to a Christmas song. Essentially, as I said, I’m just using the song as a framework to talk about other things that are related to grammar and language. A stretch? Possibly. Fun? I hope so.

Here are some interesting tidbits about that song, which was first published in Britain (1780):

· The twelve days begin Christmas Day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas

· The day after Christmas is also referred to in some cultures as Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day

· The twelve days of Christmas end on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany

· The Epiphany is also referred to as the Twelfth Day

· Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking”

· Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night was written to be performed as a Twelfth Night entertainment

There’s more, but I’ll leave it at that for now. I promise you we will cover interesting, language-related topics in the next few weeks.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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