Happy Presidents Day. That’s Presidents, not President’s, not Presidents’, but Presidents. It is plural, not possessive and it is neither a contraction nor the plural of a symbol or abbreviation. Presidents Day is not their day, it is our day to remember them.
So far I have seen one tv commercial which correctly used the name of this holiday — that commercial was for Chevrolet. I was so pleased to see someone in this country who understands the use of an apostrophe that I wanted to run out and buy a Chevy, although I know it has nothing to do with the smart people of Chevy and everything to do with the smart advertising people Chevy hired.
This holiday was originally intended to honor the birthday of our first President, George Washington. The reason I remember this (sadly) is his birthday surprisingly corresponded to a yearly sale at Woodward and Lothrop (a now defunct DC retail establishment), a sale to which I was yearly dragged as a child.
If memory serves (and who knows anymore) President Nixon determined in the early 1970s (thank you Michelle) that Washington’s Birthday should be renamed Presidents Day and it has been that way ever since.
So, enjoy Presidents Day in all its glory – remember our history and past leaders (feel free to skip Clinton) and accord them the respect and reverence they deserve. Go shopping — our economy needs your hard-earned money (nevermind the fact you just lost your job).
Happy Presidents Day!