December 26th, 2016

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Sunday Word: Christmastide

christ·mas·tide [ˈkrɪsməsˌtaɪd]:
origin: (1620) English; Christmas + Tidings (as in "Good Tidings").


"The Christmas Season", which includes and extends beyond the actual holiday to just after New Years Day (often December 24 to January 6 - the baptism of Christ); the 12 days of Christmas separate from Advent. "Epiphanytide" marks the period after Christmastide with additional traditions ending in a cumulative celebration.

a.k.a. Your excuse to be late with cards & gifts (and perhaps take advantage of serious shopping discounts). However, to some, the word is also just another way of saying "Christmas", Christmastide can also be called "Twelvetide" -- an unbroken period of joy and celebration.

This practice began as Ancient Roman rulers was working out the kinks in its calendar and created a rest period for common workers. There are specific traditions associated with each day, such as the blessing of animals on the 2nd day, and the enjoyment of sacred wine on the 3rd, etc. Such traditions are celebrated around the world: from Europe, to Russia, to East India!

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Monday word: misprision

misprision (mĭs-prĭzh′ən), noun

1. Contempt; scorn.
2. Neglect in performing the duties of public office.
3. (Law) Concealing, or neglecting to report or prevent, a felony or act of treason that one knew of but did not participate in.
4. Misunderstanding or misinterpretation; a misreading of a text.

Based on the wikipedia article, definition 3 is 'negative misprision', while 'positive misprision' is the actual commission of an offence (one that falls short of treason or a felony).

Etymology:  Old French mesprendre, to make a mistake

"If a man grows marijuana on his farm with the intent to distribute, he commits a felony under federal law. If he builds a barbed-wire fence around the farm to prevent the felony’s discovery, he is guilty of misprision....If instead of building a fence, the farmer simply told all visitors to his farm that he was growing horsemint, not marijuana, he would likewise be guilty of misprision. Just as he built the fence to conceal the felony in the first example, in the second example, he made statements to conceal the felony."
  - from this Washington Post article.