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I noticed it seems that when a person from the uk goes on vacation they say they are going on holiday.
So is holiday interchangable with vacation?
Also, what do you call it when you are on a holiday break? Same thing?
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To us brits holiday & vacation are the same thing, though we generally wouldn't use the term 'vacation'. Not sure I understand your differentiation between 'holiday' & 'holiday break'
Well I meant holiday break in the sense that if you had a day off because it was a holiday.
I guess you guys just use the term holiday for anytime you have off, that you normally would not?
Just seems kinda odd.
What's a holiday break?
Edit: in Ireland "on holidays" pretty much the same as vacation. It can either mean travelling or just not being in the office. If you said Annual Leave, it doesn't really imply travelling like "holidays might".
Ah ok, just one day off we'd just call a day off, a holiday is usually regarded as a week or more.
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Here in the United States, only special days are considered "holidays" (e.g. Christmas, etc.).
7-week long "holidays" we call "vacations" instead. Go figure.
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Holidays are usually referred to more than a day off - and more often than not refer to going away on holiday. If I said I was going "on vacation" people would think I had been watching to many episodes of Friends....
Vacation - Holiday
Holiday Break - Bank Holiday (or an excuse to get drunk )
Just to confuse things, the origin of the word Holiday, is Holy Day
So Christmas Day is a Holy Day/Holiday etc.
for 'my generation of Brits. I think we tend to say On Holiday for any
day or more away from work,
but use the expression 'Away On Holiday or 'Going On Holiday',
when we are 'on vacation'.
and if thats not confusing enough for both sides of the atlantic, don't forget we also have: 'Bank Holidays', do you have those over the pond ?
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