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A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day – December 25, 2022

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day is celebrated on December 25 each year. The day uses a pun to reference Christmas Day. The name of the holiday is a play on the word ‘Noel,’ which is intrinsically linked to the idea of Christmas, it means “to be born,” and is used by the French. The day is meant for pun enthusiasts across the world. Puns have been around for eons, used by people across the globe to entertain each other and lighten moods.

History of A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day

A pun, or ‘paronomasia,’ is a form of wordplay that “exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.” Puns have been around for eons, across the globe, languages, genders, and ages. The earliest evidence of puns came from ancient Egypt, where they were used to interpret dreams and describe myths. Circa 300 B.C. in China, Shen Dao used puns to describe the power held by the king. He stated that the king has power (‘shi’) because of his position. In Mesopotamia, as far back as 2500 B.C., puns were used to represent words in cuneiform. The “Tanakh” also contains puns. The Mayans were known to use puns in their hieroglyphic writing, along with utilizing them in modern languages. In Tamil, ‘Sledai’ is used to mean pun with different meanings. ‘Slesha’ is the equivalent Telugu word.

The ambiguities invoked by puns are a result of the intentional use of homophonic (similar sounds), homographic (same spellings), homonymic (words that are both homophones and homographs), or figurative language. Puns are used in comedy, literature, rhetoric, and design.

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day is celebrated on December 25 each year. The day uses a pun to reference Christmas Day! The name of the holiday is a play on the word ‘Noel,’ which is intrinsically linked to the idea of Christmas and means ‘to be born,’ and is used by the French to reference the holiday. Though opinions on the, rather unabashed, pun are divided — the day is meant for pun enthusiasts across the world.

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day timeline

2500 B.C.
Mesopotamian Puns

Puns are used in cuneiform.

1900 B.C.
A Joking Matter

The world’s oldest recorded joke is cracked.

5th Century B.C.
The “Tanakh”

The Hebrew “Bible” is written.

300 B.C.
Power and Position

Shen Dao uses puns to describe the power held by the king.

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day FAQs

What language does Noel come from?

It comes from the French!

Who started Christmas?

Ironically, the Romans did.

Who invented Santa Claus?

The oldest stories of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, were from 4th century Greece.

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day Activities

  1. Avoid pronouncing ‘L’ today

    If you’re getting into the A’Phabet Day spirit, avoid pronouncing ‘L’ today. It’ll prove to be a fun challenge.

  2. Avoid objects that start with ‘L’

    Be it a bedside source of illumination or a piece of paper containing a message, stretch your vocabulary and speak in synonyms. Good luck.

  3. Celebrate puns on social media

    If avoiding ‘L’ today is too extreme for you, crack some puns online! Your friends and family will love you for it.

5 Interesting Facts About Christmas

  1. The busiest shopping day

    The busiest shopping day of the year is two days before Christmas.

  2. A Christmas tradition

    A popular tradition in Japan is to eat K.F.C. on Christmas Day.

  3. Ruloph’s birth

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first introduced in a 1939 advertisement for Montgomery Ward.

  4. Jingle to space

    ‘Jingle Bells’ was the first song to be played in space.

  5. The most dangerous months

    November and December are the two most dangerous months because of holiday decorating-related injuries.

Why We Love A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day

  1. It’s a fun way to test your vocabulary

    Avoiding ‘L’ is a fun way of testing how far your vocabulary can stretch! It’s not as easy as you may think.

  2. It celebrates a fun tradition

    Humor is an important part of any fun celebration. Today celebrates it.

  3. It brings some lighthearted fun to Christmas

    Christmas can be a bit of a sad affair for some people. Today injects a bit of fun into it!

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day dates

YearDateDay
2022December 25Sunday
2023December 25Monday
2024December 25Wednesday
2025December 25Thursday
2026December 25Friday

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