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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Word of the Week


Holiday


Holiday, comes from Old English hálidæ ("holy day"), which, in Middle English morphed to halliday, then holliday, and eventually holiday. Black's Law Dictionary defines it as "a day upon which the usual operations of business and government are suspended and the courts closed . . . ." A "legal holiday" is specifically a day "exempt from judicial proceedings, service of process, demand and protest of commercial paper, etc." The statutory holidays are those enshrined in law -- the federal holidays are listed at 5 U.S.C. 6103. Most states observe the federal holidays, but there are some variations, like Bunker Hill Day in Massachusetts.

So break out the eggnog and enjoy the seasonal concentration of statutory holidays.

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