legal holiday; bank holiday. A “legal holiday” is a day designated by law as a holiday, accompanied by the closing of most public offices and paid leave for most public employees. Observance of a legal holiday by the private sector is voluntary. A legal holiday may be established by the national government (e.g., July 4 as Independence Day) or a state government (e.g., March 2 as Texas Independence Day, March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day in California and several other states, and the last Monday in March as Seward’s Day in Alaska). A “bank holiday” is a day designated by law for the closing of banks and paid leave for bank employees. Bank holidays are standardized in many countries, but are not observed in the United States. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “Whenever I read a book or a passage that particularly pleased me, in which a thing was said or an effect rendered with propriety, in which there was either some conspicuous force or some happy distinction in the style, I must sit down at once and set myself to ape that quality. . . . That, like it or not, is the way to learn to write; whether I have profited or not, that is the way. It was so Keats learned, and there was never a finer temperament for literature than Keats’s.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Learning to Write 2-3, 4-5 (1888; repr. 1920). ====================
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