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German translation: 3rd Monday in February

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15:33 Nov 28, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: president's day
which date is president's day?
Joan Dobravsky
Mexico
Local time: 09:45
German translation:3rd Monday in February
Explanation:
President's day is one of those moving holidays - it's the 3rd Monday in February. Both Lincoln's birthday (2/12), and Washington's birthday (2/22) are commemorated. And everybody gets a long weekend.
HTH!
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Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 07:45
Grading comment
thank you, I just needed the date
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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naPresidents' Day or Presidents Day is the third Monday in FebruaryDan McCrosky
na3rd Monday in FebruaryUlrike Lieder


  

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50 mins
3rd Monday in February


Explanation:
President's day is one of those moving holidays - it's the 3rd Monday in February. Both Lincoln's birthday (2/12), and Washington's birthday (2/22) are commemorated. And everybody gets a long weekend.
HTH!

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 07:45
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 1505
Grading comment
thank you, I just needed the date
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8 hrs
Presidents' Day or Presidents Day is the third Monday in February


Explanation:
uel's answer is 98% correct. Here are two linked sites with background info:

http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/presiden.html

http://www.computingcorner.com/holidays/Presday/Presday.htm

You can see from the spelling on the official USIS "United States Information Service" site how unconcerned Americans are about the spelling rules we have to fight with every day.

Because the holiday is intended to honor at least two, and according to Nixon's proclamation in 1971, all presidents, the word "President" must for sure be plural, i.e. "Presidents". From there on opinions are divided. Some say that because it is their day then the word "Presidents" must also be made possessive, i.e. "Presidents'". Others say that not even presidents are allowed to own a day. They believe the third Monday in February is a day on which "Presidents" are to be honored.

Soooooooooooo, either "Presidents" or "Presidents'" is acceptable but definitely not "President's" or "President". This semi-official site shows only "Presidents'"

http://suvcw.org/flag.htm

I have not been able to find anything really definite about which plural form is "official".

HTH - Dan


Dan McCrosky
Local time: 16:45
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 390
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