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It's not New Years!

(64 Posts)
phoenix Fri 30-Dec-16 00:30:51

Well, yes, it's New Years Eve, followed by New Years Day, but I don't understand this thing of referring to "New Years", as in "what are you doing for New Years?"

Well, for this New Year I'll be staying in, having a quiet night, but as I'm without the gift of foresight, I haven't the foggiest idea as to what I might be doing for future ones!

Mumsy Fri 30-Dec-16 07:18:21

I will be staying in to, not up to celebrating as still getting over a virus! it wont be quiet here as no doubt the fireworks will be going off all night again!!

Annierose Fri 30-Dec-16 07:51:22

I have always said 'New Year's' - the abbreviation of 'New Year's Eve'
I'm normally quite pedantic, haven't ever really thought about this expression before!

Gagagran Fri 30-Dec-16 07:53:37

I had a colleague in Yorkshire who always called it Old Year's night.

It doesn't have the same ring about it to me "What are you doing for Old Year's?"

M0nica Fri 30-Dec-16 08:02:29

Not heard that phrase before. DD returns to work on New Year's Eve or 31st December, followed by New Year's Day.

We would ask 'What are you doing for the New Year?' In fact a friend asked me just that a few days ago.

ninathenana Fri 30-Dec-16 08:02:32

Some of H's family (Londoners) say Old Years Night I laughed when I first heard that. Didn't make me popular at the time tchsmile

floorflock Fri 30-Dec-16 10:28:29

I agree, it's New Year or New Year's Eve NOT 'New Years' which is probably another americanism that we will get stuck with!?

moobox Fri 30-Dec-16 10:34:01

Never heard it described as New Years

MTDancer Fri 30-Dec-16 10:35:47

I hear "what are yous doing for New Years?" a lot. Drives me mad. There seems to be more instances of people not finishing sentences and the media doesn't help. "strictly" and "come with" seem popular at the minute.

Lilyflower Fri 30-Dec-16 10:36:24

Quite. I agree entirely - and that is without the matter of the missing apostrophe!

RobtheFox Fri 30-Dec-16 10:41:13

"What are you doing for Hogmanay?"?

Granny23 Fri 30-Dec-16 10:42:54

It is HOGMANY followed by New Year's Day.

RobtheFox Fri 30-Dec-16 11:11:26

No, Granny23, check it out and you will find it is as I spelled it. It is the celebration of the passing of the old year into the new and thus commences on 31st December and leads to the custom of first footing after midnight.

brenh34 Fri 30-Dec-16 11:38:13

New Years is another ghastly imported Americanism

Trappy Fri 30-Dec-16 12:00:31

This New Years Eve (the eve of a new year) the same as every other, I will be staying in, as my Pooch is terrified of fireworks!

Craftycat Fri 30-Dec-16 12:38:32

What ever it is I shall be partying- have fun everyone!

phoenix Fri 30-Dec-16 12:48:26

And that's another thing! I'm sure that people didn't used to have fireworks at New Year celebrations when I was young.

Granny23 Fri 30-Dec-16 12:53:26

Crossed posts Rob Yours had not appeared when I hit post, so I was not criticising your spelling - which is correct, unlike mine blush just trying to emphasise the proper name for the day.

paddyann Fri 30-Dec-16 12:54:56

fireworks are a new addition to New Year celebrations,in the "olden days" well the fifties and sixties when I was young we still stuck with tradition and it was mainly house parties and first footing.A first foot should always come with the essentials of life...salt (for wealth) coal(for heat) whisky ( self explanatory) and cake or shortbread ( for food) I have a little bag that has my salt and coal in it ,its the same salt and coal my late dad carried over our doorstep the first New Year we were married in 1975,It still goes first footing but it always comes home .A very Happy,Healthy and Prosperous 2017 to you all

Elegran Fri 30-Dec-16 12:56:27

What is being celebrated is the New Year, and that starts at midnight. New Years is short for New Year's Eve - the evening of the last day before the New Year. The parties get started in the evening, but the whole point is to welcome in the beginning of 2017, not to make a big thing of the previous day.

DaphneBroon Fri 30-Dec-16 13:01:37

As well as "Hogmanay I remember 31 December being referred to as "Auld Year's Nicht " (old year's night) and also in my childhood, people used to send New Year's Day cards -useful if you had missed someone out at Christmas, but a bit of a giveaway. tchblush

thatbags Fri 30-Dec-16 13:17:12

Oh blast! I just lost a post.

In terms of numbers of people who say Years rather than Year in the phrase Happy New Year(s), we Brits are on the losing side.

I do think it's unreasonable, since you asked, to complain about such transAtlantic differences coming over here and being adopted.

There's another difference too: I think Americans tend to stress the word New whereas Brits tend to stress the word Year. Oh the shock and horror! Not. ??

Ana Fri 30-Dec-16 13:20:13

And what's more, they pronounce it 'Noo'....shockgrin

rosesarered Fri 30-Dec-16 13:21:09

Have never heard anyone say New Years, it's always ' are you doing anything at/for New Year?'

Stansgran Fri 30-Dec-16 13:26:41

Never heard New Years without the apostrophe and Eve. Oh but I have heard yous as the plural of you in the NE and youse in scouse land. How I hate it.