December 26th, 2011

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Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Ashura, Posadas Navidenas, Yule, Litha, the Death of the Prophet Zarathushtra, Watch Night, Holy Innocents, Solstice, Festivus, Giftmas, Noworkmas or Bah-Humbugmas, I would like to wish each and every one of you and your families happy holidays!


Dépaysement
French

The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country.


Tingo
Pascuense (Easter Island)
The act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.

Hyggelig
Danish

Its “literal” translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s likely something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire.

bantingism

bantingism, noun.
A method of dieting that avoids bread, milk, butter, beer, sugar, and potatoes.

Etymology:  named after English undertaker William Banting.  He undertook such a diet himself and lost 46 pounds over the course of a year.  In 1863 he distributed a booklet titled "Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public", which described his diet and results.  Although similar in some respects to modern low-carb and low-glycemic diets, the sample diet listed in the booklet included 3-5 glasses of wine per day plus an optional tumbler of grog for a nightcap, after which Mr. Banting experienced "an excellent night's rest".

The diet became quite popular, and bant became a verb.  The verb initially referred to the specific diet but soon was used for dieting in general.