Thursday, April 1, 2010


fauxliday = faux + holiday -- a fake holiday

@CopyCurmudgeon today tweeted this:

"April Fools' Day: One of my least favorite fauxlidays. But at least it taught me that @APStylebook has an entry for Aqua-Lung. For reals."

In Great Britain,  holiday not describes a day of special significance and observance, but also what Americans call a vacation. When a Brit isn't at work when he normally should be, he is likely "on holiday."

The American "translation" of that sort of fauxliday is a fakecation.