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Not in England, it hsan't. The retailers are so panicked ... - I certainly haven't ventured out to see for myself).

I wish I could say the same about Irish shoppers. Crowds are noticeably down, if not nonexistent in Dublin, I ... farmer is unlikely after Irish voters gave the Lisbon Treaty the boot and the season could be a merrier one.

Most of my Irish friends do their Christmas shopping the same way I do - on line. We avoid any crowds and still get to spend as much as ever.
Linz
Wet Yorks via Cambridge, York, London and Watford
My accent may vary
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Wassailing away

Wassail away! Wassail away! Wassail away to Jesus. I ain't got long to stay here.

"I am the wind to fill your sail.
I am the cross to take your nail:
A singer of these ageless times.
With kitchen prose and gutter rhymes."
(Ian Anderson, Songs from the Wood )

Odysseus
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Wassail away to Jesus. I ain't got long to stay here.

"I am the wind to fill your sail. I am the cross to take your nail:

Wassailing away on the thin ice of a new day.
Dear all, I would like to know which of the following sentences is better in English usage? Thanks a lot! 1. Christmas is all about love and care. 2. Christmas is all about love and caring.

Both are correct. There is a difference of emphasis - 1. stresses the idea of 'care' as a noun, 2 stresses the (verbal) activity of 'caring'.

L
Dear all, I would like to know which of the ... and care. 2. Christmas is all about love and caring.

Both are correct. There is a difference of emphasis - 1. stresses the idea of 'care' as a noun, 2 stresses the (verbal) activity of 'caring'.

This ignores the cultural (social) environment in which language changes. Like several other terms associated with social and physical welfare, "caring" became in the 1970s much morre popular in the 1970s than ever before. Its meaning did not actually change, but it became a new buzzword to profess altruistic benevolence.
"Better in English usage" is not a coherent question because it does not distinguish grammar (rules of grammar) from matters of style or political function (which lack similar rules.)

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
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