Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Ducklet Cat's Avatar
    Ducklet Cat is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Kuwait
      • Current Location:
      • Kuwait
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    319

    Bull vs. Ox and Holiday vs. Vacation

    Hello,

    1- Are bulls and oxen the same? Are two words used interchangeably or what?

    2- What is the difference between holiday and vacation?


    Thanks

  2. #2
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,397

    Re: Bull vs. Ox and Holiday vs. Vacation

    #1 Oxen are castrated male cattle and are often used to pull carts; Bulls are uncastrated male cattle used for breeding more cattle..

    #2 No difference in themselves. The UK takes holidays; the US takes/has vacations.

  3. #3
    Ouisch's Avatar
    Ouisch is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,130

    Re: Bull vs. Ox and Holiday vs. Vacation

    In AmE, a holiday is a special day of remembrance or celebration, such as Christmas or Memorial Day. A vacation is time taken off from work or school and relaxing or perhaps traveling, for example: "We spent our summer vacation at Disney World." "My kids did all the cooking and house cleaning on my birthday - I felt like I was on vacation!"

  4. #4
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,916

    Re: Bull vs. Ox and Holiday vs. Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    ...
    #2 No difference in themselves. The UK takes holidays; the US takes/has vacations.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, a holiday is a special day of remembrance or celebration, such as Christmas or Memorial Day. A vacation is time taken off from work or school and relaxing or perhaps traveling, for example: "We spent our summer vacation at Disney World." "My kids did all the cooking and house cleaning on my birthday - I felt like I was on vacation!"
    When I worked for a multi-national firm, we used both - with a conflation of these two meanings. Christmas Day was a 'holiday', because everyone was out of the office - as was the "Early Spring Bank Holiday" (for example). 'Vacation' was those days that an individual chose to take off.
    (I don't know if this is a widely-recognized distinction, but it seems to me a useful one.)

    b

  5. #5
    Ducklet Cat's Avatar
    Ducklet Cat is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Kuwait
      • Current Location:
      • Kuwait
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    319

    Re: Bull vs. Ox and Holiday vs. Vacation

    Thanks dear friends :)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •