A few weeks ago I posted a well received discussion on here about people with jobs asking the rest of us to do free work. Well those requests have noticeably stopped just for the moment as the people with jobs are on annual leave.
Yes it’s that time of the year again, when emails bounce back almost immediately with the news that ‘I’m on annual leave’. Why?
Not the bouncing back, I don’t mind that at all, it’s the phrase ‘annual leave’ that leaves me cold.
Whatever was wrong with the word ‘holidays’ that it gets replaced with this joyless military sounding abomination. This implication that all the time you spend not chained to your job holding desk is by leave of some superior being? It’s humiliating, so aren’t you humiliated?
I entirely get that in work places holidays need organising. And in my days as a trade union rep I was always happy to go in and negotiate for more holidays for everyone. But they were holidays. If we’d had to go in and negotiate for ‘annual leave’ it would have sucked all the socialism out of us because we’d have felt like servants doffing our caps.
So I know this is definitely not a matter of life and death and this post itself is more of a long tweet than a regular blog post. But please consider thinking of your time off as holidays. ‘Holidays’ is a lovely word and very close to ‘holy days’. Because that’s what they are these days, holy, your time, your life and to be enjoyed with all your heart.
And ‘annual leave’ is an abomination.