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to passionatley hate people writing Xmas?

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DaddyIsHome Tue 10-Dec-13 11:45:12

Im not majorly religious but I think that writing Xmas is just lazy and somewhat dissrespetful. To make it worse it doesnt really make sense, Xmas that sounds nothing like Christmas. So AIBU to dislike the fact that people abrevieate it?

DaddyIsHome Tue 10-Dec-13 11:59:20

Sorry Fakebook Im on my ipad so no spellchecker and normally punctuation goes out the window too grin

LRDtheFeministDragon Tue 10-Dec-13 11:59:41

May be boring, but if you're interested, there's the abbreviation (referring to Christ, not Christmas, sorry!) in old writing here:

If you look at the speech scroll in the picture, the fourth word is 'xpm' (=Christum). Click to magnify.

Phaush Tue 10-Dec-13 12:00:24

I use it when labelling boxes at work because it's significantly quicker to write and means the same thing.

BigToesofFrog Tue 10-Dec-13 12:01:11


We basically just talk unfathomable nonsense in our house. No word is safe, at this time of year all of the above have been said.

DaddyIsHome Tue 10-Dec-13 12:02:29

I know the kind of person you mean Yellowcake. Gigondas Im really not a fan of crimbo either!

redshifter Tue 10-Dec-13 12:08:46

I don't think it is disrespectful but it does annoy a little bit. Don't know why.

What does annoy me is when people actually say "Exmas"

AliceinWinterWonderland Tue 10-Dec-13 12:12:14

Personally I much prefer the toddler's way of saying "pissmas" from the Pictures of MNetters Christmas trees thread. fgrin

revivingshower Tue 10-Dec-13 12:15:38

I love it. I like all those abbreviations and funny made up words like crimbo and chillax.
Weirdly though (not to do with christmas here) it annoys me when they start using a word in the workplace for their special meaning like "outcomes" and in the NHS "pathways".

Tweasels Tue 10-Dec-13 12:38:44

grin Pissmas

That is inspired!

The latest Kwissmass post was from a FB friend who I have mentioned before refers to her family as 'hubs and bubs'. In the post 'Bubs' had a Xmas pud costume on and is apparently 'super duper excitimo for Kwissmass. He didn't look that excited, more sort of concerned for the welfare of his mum. grin

sashh Tue 10-Dec-13 12:41:59

X or a picture of a fish are really old symbols meaning 'Christ', but OP you have now been educated will it still annoy you?

badtime Tue 10-Dec-13 12:49:39

Here is a good picture of the Chi, looking somewhat like an X, being used as an initial for Christ (from the 8th/9th Century Book of Kells). I don't think the monks were being disrespectful:

badtime Tue 10-Dec-13 12:50:16


LRDtheFeministDragon Tue 10-Dec-13 12:51:43

That's so pretty.

DaddyIsHome Tue 10-Dec-13 13:00:51

I think I can now accept Xmas as i have actually been educated as to what it means so thanks guys smile on the other hand i still cant stand crimbo, is there something i should know about that? gringrin

notanotherusername1 Tue 10-Dec-13 13:33:55

I can't stand to see it and would never write it myself either. I am not religious but would always use the word Christmas.

Just realised I have bought a pack of 20 Christmas cards because the picture was beautiful and inside it says 'Happy Holidays'. Did not notice that at the time I bought them. Hate that.

ItsIgginningToLookALotLikeXmas Tue 10-Dec-13 15:31:40

Now wondering how many people my Christmas-name has irritated!

BackOnlyBriefly Tue 10-Dec-13 15:36:30

Disrespectful to who? Jesus? I'm an atheist celebrating the secular xmas.

SwedishEdith Tue 10-Dec-13 15:42:10

Well, I never knew that about xmas. That's really useful because I also deliberately use in like BigToes in a "...slightly saddo way it is my own little way of deflating the whole stressful debacle, and kicking back at the idea that christmas is all about christ and at people who take it all so seriously. When to me it is about a midwinter party and celebration for its own sake" But even better to know it's actually fine to do so as well grin

Spaulding Tue 10-Dec-13 15:43:21

YABU. Crimbo is the absolute worst.

Thisisaghostlyeuphemism Tue 10-Dec-13 15:46:33

I write Xmas because I know it annoys people.

I can't bring myself to write chrimbo yet.

Thisisaghostlyeuphemism Tue 10-Dec-13 15:47:17

There's no h in crimbo is there?


sandfrog Tue 10-Dec-13 16:57:47

YANBU. It's slang, albeit 15th century slang grin

winklewoman Tue 10-Dec-13 17:11:49

I'm not keen on split infinitives, OP, and prefer the traditional way of spelling 'passionately'.

LRDtheFeministDragon Tue 10-Dec-13 21:58:43

The earliest example I can find is twelfth century. It's slang, but not even fifteenth century slang. grin

daisychain01 Tue 10-Dec-13 22:24:44

Damn! After all these years, I feel cheated now and need to see my psychoanalyst.

I went to a convent school and one year the nuns made us run a school campaign "put the Christ back into Christmas" because they said it was wrong for shops to commercialise Our Lord's birthday. So ever since then I always resisted putting Xmas because I was conned taken in by those pesky nuns, thinking I was committing a moral sin.

Even though Grennie has now educated us and put us straight, I feel guilty about changing the habit of a lifetime and writing Xmas.

Just think of all that ink I could have saved.....<whimper>

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