Why does the phrase
have to be a negative? I think when the phrase is referred to
it is an attempt make it negative.
Why does the phrase “Happy Holidays” have to be a negative? I think when the phrase is referred to as “politically correct” it is an attempt make it negative. Me, and others like me, use the phrase not to apease anybody but to include everybody … the assumption that is is “bending” to some sort of pressure is wrong.
We are a melting pot in this country and so why can’t we look at it as a phrase that recognizes that there are other holidays, religous or not, that are also celebrated in the month of December? It is not a bad thing to be inclusive. When I use the phrase my intent is to include New Years in my greeting … it is a holiday.
Now marketers, that’s another issue. If you agree that businesses are in business to make money then you have to expect marketers to target, in December, anybody and everybody who celebrates a holiday and is likely to purchase goods and services to celebrate those holidays. Happy holidays is a perfect way for them to include all shoppers in their quest for sales.
Beth Dewey, Gilroy