Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist, researcher, and author of the best-seller God Bless America. Her latest book is On the Offensive: Prejudice in Language Past and Present (Cambridge University Press), which is also available on Amazon, Bookshop.org, and through local booksellers.

Her other titles include The Language of Discrimination, Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, Haunting America, Would You Believe It? and the novel Hits & Mrs.

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(Originally posted December 23, 2013) During one of the rare time I went to Sunday school as a kid, I was rebuked for writing “Xmas” instead of “Christmas” on a festive card I was drawing during craft time. It was explained to a room full of wide-eyed kids that, “‘Xmas’ takes Christ out of Christmas!” …