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Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas and Xmas for English Spelling
Students will learn about the history of the words 'Christmas,' 'Xmas,' and 'Christmastime' from Old English through now including the reasons for the "silent" <t> and the <ch> that spells [k] and that 'Xmas' is an old abbreviation.
Heather MLS MS
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Christmastime is here. Or is Christmas time here? From where and when does the word Christmas come? And is Xmas a secular corruption of the word Christmas or an acceptable abbreviation? Students will learn about the histories of the words 'Christmas,' 'Xmas,' and 'Christmastime' in order to understand the spellings. The Christmas season is a major holiday season for many English-speaking countries, so speakers and learners must know the spellings. Understanding the spellings requires...
I earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing in May 2007, MS in library and information science in May 2009, and MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics in December 2011. I wrote my English studies thesis on multiple modals in American English. For the past year, I have been studying the English spelling system through Linguist-Educator Exchange (LEX) and Spellinars. I recently published the 'Teach a Student to Read' reading program and 'A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language for Junior High' on Amazon. I continue to study English grammar and spelling on my own. I additionally write linguistics posts for my personal website.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas and Xmas is a spelling class looks at the spellings of the words 'Christmas,' 'Xmas,' and 'Christmastime' through the Structured Word Inquiry framework. The Christmas season is a major holiday season for many English-speaking countries, so speakers and learners must know the spellings. Investigating the history of a word is essential for understanding the spelling.
Heather MLS MS
Sharing My Passion for English Grammar, Spelling, and Writing
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
123 total reviews
376 completed classes
I am not teaching any classes during the fall semester (through December 31, 2022) for family reasons. I earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing in May 2007, MS in library and information science in May 2009, and MS in...