Friday, December 19, 2008

Review of Phraseology, by Johnathan

A quick'un. The best Christmastime-specific bit 'o wordplay? 

"The compliments of the season."

What those particular compliments are, I have no idea. Possibly something about how nice the fur trim on one's jacket looks? Regardless, it's a nice, semi-archaic-sounding bit of wordage.


1 comment:

Jim Drew said...

I tend to use "Festive Saturnalia!" as a good alternate. It is arguably the same as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" or whatever, but it both dodges the overtly Christian side of things while also remaining specific about a holiday.

Best, though, is it usually stops people dumbfounded. They either have no idea what it means, or they recognize it vaguely but don't have enough wherewithal to process it. Neither the people who will be offended by you using a holiday from another religion nor those offended by you using a generic term will be able to build up an concrete objection.

Festive Saturnalia!