[Vocabulary] Happy (summer) holidays!

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paulap

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Is it correct/acceptable in English to say: “Happy holidays!” when we wish someone to enjoy his or her summer holidays? If not, what should we say then?
"Happy Holidays" = "Merry Christmas" ?only?
 

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Is it correct/acceptable in English to say: “Happy holidays!” when we wish someone to enjoy his or her summer holidays? If not, what should we say then?
"Happy Holidays" = "Merry Christmas" ?only?

In the UK, we would say "Have a great summer holiday" or "Enjoy your summer holidays". Whether we say holiday or holidays depends on what we mean. "A holiday" is a period of time spent away from your home, perhaps in a different country, lying on a beach or skiing (for example). "The summer holidays" usually refer to the six-week period in the summer when children don't have to go to school.

We don't usually say "Happy Holidays" at any time of year. Various politically-correct councils etc have tried to introduce this phrase in the last few years, because they seem to believe that saying "Happy Easter" or "Happy Christmas" offends non-Christians! The phrase has not caught on, thankfully!

I believe it's common in AmE though.
 

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In the States "Happy Holidays" has usurped "Merry Christmas" and is only used in that context.

If you are at the end of classes you might say to your classmates "I hope you enjoy your summer vacation" or "Have fun this summer".

A holiday in the States is a specific event, Christmas, New Year's Day, etc. A vacation is a specific time away. Summer vacation or summer break is the month or two between semesters.
 
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