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Emphasize the 'Thanks'

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at 6:58 AM

It's THANKSgiving, not ThanksGIVING.

I've written about this before in my print column, but every year about this time I notice that those speaking in TV ads change the pronounciation to emphasize the "giving" instead of the "Thanks."

That's what to expect, of course, from business and ad agencies using our TVs to emphasize the need to boost their profits and, by the way, gift a few people along the way.

I guess the original meaning of the day -- giving thanks to God for the year's harvest -- is gradually being changed to getting fortified for Shopping Day.

Don't forget that without those harvests -- and we still have them today -- we wouldn't be eating near as well.

Giving to others is fine, when emphasized at the proper time. But is hours before sunrise the right time?

One store is advertising Friday sales beginning at 4 a.m.

Post-Thanksgiving sale times are starting to get a little ridiculous. We're well on the way to sales beginning at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and turkey dinners being served alongside long checkout lines.

Maybe Friday should be called Manipulation Day. I fully understand being somewhere before sunrise to grab those items loved ones might not otherwise get before supplies run out. But should people be forced to get up that early?

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I don't care what the store will be out of by Saturday. I'm NOT getting up at 2 to be in the mall by 4! I have better stuff to do.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Nov 21, 2007, at 7:27 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.