Proper Facebook Etiquette

#2102 Χριστός (Christos) in bad taste

Sunday 22nd December, 2013

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Dear Mariann,

You will perhaps be furprifed (surprised) by my asking if it is bad taste to over-decorate your Profile page?  Unable to sleep just the other night, I sat up late in front of the computer.  Quite a few friends were also online and I saw that they had added some CSS3 snow effect and a fake Santa hat to their profile image.

Yours, &c. &c. merry xmas.

Show off.

There are those who believe adding festive status can only add to the seasonality of Christmas, and some are unabashed enough to go for this even (or especially) on their Profile page. It might be in bad taste for others to view such over-decorative meme, but I am certain that a discreet comment under any Profile image to alert the friend in question and everyone in their network would both instantly entertain and limit such joyousness in the future.

Bah humbug.
The abbreviation Xmas for Christmas dates from the mid 16th century. The X is the Greek letter chi, the initial in the word Χριστός (Christos) “Christ.” In spite of a long and respectable history, today Xmas is offensive to many, perhaps because of its associations with advertising. It is not used in formal writing.

Merry Christmas, I love you.

 

blog notes

The abbreviation Xmas for Christmas dates from the mid 16th century. The X is the Greek letter chi, the initial in the word Χριστός (Christos) “Christ.” In spite of a long and respectable history, today Xmas is offensive to many, perhaps because of its associations with advertising. It is not used in formal writing.

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