Friday, December 9, 2011

Cultural Sensitivity

A company, who shall remain nameless, sent the following in a Holiday Newsletter:
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for
eight days and nights. It begins on the 25th of
the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with
late November-late December on the secular*
calendar. This holiday commemorates the rededication
of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following
the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.
“Hanukkah” is a Hebrew words[sic] that actually means
“dedication” or “consecration.”
Immediately under that was this quote:
The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not
Christmas in his heart. - Helen Keller
OK then. As this followed an e-mail from a manager noting that he's bringing "ham for sanatwiches[sic]" to the Holiday Pot Luck, I think we can draw some conclusions. Oy vey!

* - The "secular" calendar was named after a pope, and uses "Before Christ" and "Anno Domini (The Year Of Our Lord)" to mark dates. Can you feel the secularity?


  1. What does coinside mean?

  2. Dude, that Helen Keller quote is wildly inappropriate for a corporate holiday newsletter. You'd think they'd know better than to send such a religiously intolerant message to a bunch of lawyers.