Stop Saying "Happy New Year"!

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I know people mean well, but "Happy new year" is basically an empty, hollow, meaningless saying that everyone emits by instinct, like a terrible Tourettes-y verbal tic that you can't avoid uttering for fear you'll be ostracized if you don't.

I've done it myself!

But just like December 26 makes us suddenly safe from syrupy Christmas songs and TV movie reruns about small-town Santa miracles, so should January 4th be the last time anyone is legally allowed to say "Happy new year."

Deal?

Can we skip putting this through Congress and just make it a pact amongst ourselves?

Come on, let's declare a moratorium on this cheery but feeble expression.

Feel free to say a whole bunch of "Happy new years" today--shout it out from your window, for all I care--knowing that at the stroke of midnight, we'll never say it again for the rest of the year.

And that will indeed make it a happy new year for me!


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8 comments
Technot
Technot

Why say "How are you?" or "How's the family?" or anything of the kind. After all, I don't give a fuck about you or your family.

FBTOT
FBTOT

On Jan 2nd, I was telling everyone 'Crappy New Year'

Daniel
Daniel

Boo hoo---someone dared to wish you a happy holiday or a happy new year. What would you rather hear? How about "go fuck yourself"?

Gregorama
Gregorama

It doesn't ring as hollow to me as the generic, loathsome "HAPPY HOLIDAY". I know it's all been said before on this topic, but Christians got totally ripped-off in the Christmas department. I really don't get why EVERYTHING has to be "all-inclusive" when it comes to Christian holidays/holy days. Every culture and religion on earth has their own holidays and days of worship...and I don't note that Christians get up-in-arms at being excluded from, say, Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. I noticed this year more than ever in NYC, people were absolutely terrified to utter the words "Merry Christmas," and their greetings came out as muttered, non-commital "Happy holidays!" Which means absolutely nothing. But you're right..."Happy New Year" is a bullshit utterance which should be abolished.

rolph
rolph

I hate when my deli guy only says it to some people and not others.

Not saying it at all would solve that.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Thank you for that...a lot of folk "justify" saying it with "well, it's the first time I've seen you this year".

And then when you're finally done with it, up comes Chinese New Year, and in NYC, its de rigueur to say it in Chinese...(gong hay fat choy)

Gregorama
Gregorama

If it's heartfelt, yes, that would be just fine.

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