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How did A Christmas Carol change the English language?

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Charles  Dickens'  A Christmas Carol  (1843) introduced many  memorable words, phrases and idioms into the English language . It also popularised the greeting 'Merry Christmas' which was not widely used at that time. Stave One is a particularly rich source of memorable phrases. Bah Humbug!   interjection . An exclamation of irritation or disgust.  Dead as doornail - obviously/conclusively dead. Ghost of Christmas Past :   noun.   A person or thing from a past you might choose to forget  Gruel - a thin liquid food of oatmeal - used to refer to cheap/poor food.  Scrooge: noun . Someone with cold/mean/miserly attitude. Also someone who transforms from bad to good. Tight fisted - ungenerous  Famous quotations  A Christmas Carol is one of the most widely quoted texts in literature. Here are some widely used examples from the opening description of Scrooge: Marley was dead, to begin with … Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. Oh! but he was …tight -fi

What is figgy pudding?

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We want some figgy pudding Please bring it right here! We won’t go until we get some We won’t go until we get some We won’t go until we get some So bring it out here! The pudding that the (apparently drunk) guests singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas demand so rudely is a variant on the tradition Christmas Pudding.  If your guests 'won't go until {they} get some' you could try a recipe here. What is Frankinsense? And Myrrh More Christmas-related posts