New Year or New Years
Posted: 02 January 2014 06:39 AM   [ Ignore ]
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We were watching TV on New Year’s Eve, and a friend’s daughter asked, “Why are they saying ‘Happy New Years’? Shouldn’t it be ‘Happy New Year?’” It was true.  A lot of the performers were saying ‘New Years’ instead of ‘New Year’.  Just this morning I overheard one co-worker ask another one, “Did you have a good New Years?” I imagine this comes from “New Year’s Eve”.  It made me wonder if I ever say “Years” instead of “Year”.  I’ve never thought about it before so I honestly can’t answer.  I was curious what others say and/or hear on this holiday.

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Posted: 02 January 2014 07:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Not a fan of Happy New Years.

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Posted: 02 January 2014 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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FWIW, I’ve always parsed it as “Happy New Year’s”, not “Happy New Years”.  I agree that the expression is likely related to New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day, or both.  I’ve also heard (what I’ve always parsed as) “New Year’s” as a reference to News Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day (As in, “What are you doing for New Year’s?")

I could easily imagine “Happy New Years” emerging as a reanalysis and/or corruption of “Happy New Year’s”, and, if it reached a large enough threshold, many could simply say “Happy New Years” because that’s what they’ve always heard other people say.

I believe I’ve said both “Happy New Year” and “Happy New Year’s”, but probably say “Happy New Year’s” more often.  [shrugs]

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Posted: 02 January 2014 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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My take is the same as Svinyard’s. Never use it but it registers as Happy New Year’s (Eve) when heard.

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