Most people enjoy “Holydays”. Or should we say “Holidays” instead?
We want to look into those two words and find out which spelling is appropriate and which we should avoid. We also want to know what this word means and what’s the best way to use it.
“Holiday” is the correct spelling for the word that indicates an official day when a person doesn’t have to go to work or school. In the UK it’s also used to indicate vacation time, or time off. “Holyday” is a common misspelling for this word and, as with any incorrect form, you should avoid it.
Take a look at some examples below:
- Christmas is the most important Christian holyday. (incorrect)
- Christmas is the most important Christian holiday.
There’s some confusion in regards to the spelling of “Holiday” because people associate this word with the combination of “Holy” and “Day”. Consequently, some people end up spelling the word as “Holyday”, simply putting two words together.
This isn’t how it works in the English language. “Holyday” is an incorrect spelling and, as such, should always be avoided.
The correct spelling for the word is “Holiday”, and that is the form you should use when talking about your time off.
“Holyday” is an incorrect spelling for the word “Holiday”. Although it’s a common misspelling, it’s still wrong and should be used. Whenever you need to talk about your time off, someone else’s time off, or an official holiday, choose the correct form, which is “Holiday.
But is “Holyday” a word, perhaps with a different meaning and usage? The answer is no. The Cambridge Dictionary clarifies that “Holyday” is merely a common misspelling of the word “Holiday”. It reinforces that “Holyday” is incorrect and shouldn’t be used.
Let’s take a look at some examples that include the incorrect word “Holyday” followed by a corrected version of the same sentence.
- What are you doing for the holyday? (incorrect)
- What are you doing for the holiday?
- This next Monday is a public holyday and we should do something fun. (incorrect)
- This next Monday is a public holiday and we should do something fun.
- St. Patricks Day is an Irish holyday. (incorrect)
- St. Patricks Day is an Irish holiday.
“Holiday” is the correct spelling for the word that indicates a day when a person doesn’t have to go to school or work. It can relate to an official “Holiday” or an individual’s time off or vacation.
This is the definition we find in The Cambridge Dictionary for the word “Holiday”: “a time when someone does not go to work or school but is free to do what they want, such as travel and relax”.
It also reminds us that “Holiday” can relate to a time at the end of the year, “the time at the end of December and beginning of January each year that includes Christmas, Hanukka, and New Year’s”. We usually refer to that time are the “Holidays”.
- What’s your next holiday, so we can make plans?
- Do you celebrate this holiday?
- Dennis is on holiday this week.
- The national holiday meant kids didn’t have school.
- When are we going on holiday this year?
Which one of those forms is used more often, “Holiday” or “Holyday”? Let’s find out by looking at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below.
“Holiday” is the word used more often, in this comparison. We didn’t expect it to be any different because, after all, “Holiday” is the correct spelling of the word we’re looking into and the form that people, in general, should be using.
“Holyday” appears only at the bottom of the graph, indicating it’s rarely used. It also makes sense, because it’s an incorrect form that everyone should avoid anyways.
Keep in mind that “Holiday” is an acceptable form you can use, while “Holyday” isn’t.
“Holiday” is the correct word to indicate an individual’s time off or an official day of celebration for a location. In the UK, “Holiday” also indicates vacation time. “Holyday” is an incorrect form of the word, a misspelling. This form should never be used.