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    ... so few people know this that it is ...

    Xmas/Christmas
    “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.

    I'm wondering what this is.

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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Xmas/Christmas
    “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, so few people know this, that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.

    I'm wondering what this is.
    a missing comma? I guess so.

    'this' refers to the X, a short for Christ.

    [I am not a teacher]

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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Xmas/Christmas
    “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.

    I'm wondering what this is.
    "This" refers to the fact that “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi.


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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    "However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts."

    Is the "so ... that ..." the same thing as ones below?

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ She was so tired that she almost fell asleep at the dinner table.
    ▪ The library is so large (that) you could get lost in it.

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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    "However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts."

    Is the "so ... that ..." the same thing as ones below?

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ She was so tired that she almost fell asleep at the dinner table.
    ▪ The library is so large (that) you could get lost in it.
    Yes, they seem to be examples of the same principle.


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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.

    Do you use it in place of this?

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    Re: ... so few people know this that it is ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to exclude Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.

    Do you use it in place of this?
    Generally not. Occasionally "that" could replace "this" in a construction like this; but "this" is better, given that you've just said it.

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