Never mind that Kip Gregory was espousing the Drudge Report about Obama taxing Xmas Trees (FALSE by the way), now he is on a crusade to prevent people from using Xmas instead of Christmas.
NewsRadio 104.9 FYI:
If you can't properly spell Christmas and must use an X....your post
will be deleted. Period. Learn it and live by it please.about an hour ago ·
When I attempted to explain the abbreviation to him he banned me from the site.
Xmas" is a common abbreviation of the word "Christmas". It is sometimes pronounced //, but it, and variants such as "Xtemass", originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation //. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for "Mass", while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as "Christ".
There is a common misconception AMONG THE UNEDUCATED that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas".
Early use of "Xmas" includes Bernard Ward's History of St. Edmund's college, Old Hall (originally published circa 1755). An earlier version, "X'temmas", dates to 1551. Around 1100 the term was written as "Xp̄es mæsse" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. "Xmas" is found in a letter from George Woodward in 1753. Lord Byron used the term in 1811, as did Samuel Coleridge (1801) and Lewis Carroll (1864). In the United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. used the term in a letter dated 1923.
Since at least the late 19th century, "Xmas" has been in use in various
other English-language nations. Quotations with the word can be found
in texts written in Canada, and the word has been used in Australia, and in the Caribbean.
The word "Christ"
and its compounds, including "Christmas", have been abbreviated in
English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern "Xmas"
was commonly used. "Christ" was often written as "XP" or "Xt"; there
are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as AD 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ and ρ used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for "Christ"), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧, is a symbol often used to represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.
Gotta keep those Clear Channel listeners ignorant if they realized the X=Christ and wasn't some conspiracy to remove Christ from Christmas they might wonder what other lies Gregory is telling them.
UPDATE: I have been unbanned from the site and can again like post and even post to the site.