«Thanksgivukkah» is the most popular search query in Google in November

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Any language is like a living organism. It is constantly evolving and changing together with the society. From time to time, new words, so-called «neologisms», appear in the language. Some of the new words are not in demand and, therefore, quickly forgotten. Others take roots and people use them for a long time.
«Neologism «Thanksgivukkah» became the most popular search query in Google in November» — told the representatives of the Google+ Internet search engine. Users have begun actively searching for «Thanksgivukkah» in Google+ only in the last two months. At the end of September, this word wasn’t used in the search engine.
So, what is it the meaning of this neologism? Where did it come from? The word «Thanksgivukkah» was formed by the merger of the English names of the two holidays — Thanksgiving Day and Hannukah. The first day of the Jewish «candle holiday» and the traditional American holiday were celebrated on the same day in 2013. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November. The date of the celebration is different every year. The date of Hanukkah celebration also changes. It is set in the Jewish (lunar-solar) calendar. Next time these two holidays will be celebrated in one day notearlier than in 70,000 years.

Author: Nazarova Natalia
Translated by Davidova Anna

«Thanksgivukkah» is not the only neologism of this kind. Earlier matching Hanukkah with Christmas led to the appearance of the «Chrismukkah» neologism. In 2004, the «Time» magazine included the word «Chrismukkah» in the list of the most popular words of the year. The date of Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations coincides much more often. Next time, the last day of Hanukkah celebration will fallon December 24, the day when the Catholic Christmas is celebrated, in 2014.
However, neologisms, which we spoke about earlier, represent a rare coincidence of holiday dates. It is difficult to say, how long they will be popular and how many people will use them in future.
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