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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Indeed. Your post reminded me that the "jubilee" was a Jewish word that originally meant a forgiveness of debt.
This current usage would seem to be the precise opposite.
"Celebrate More Debt so the Royals can live in Luxury! Woohoo! "
jubilee late 14c., in the O.T. sense, from O.Fr. jubileu "jubille; anniversary; rejoicing," from L.L. jubilaeus "the jubilee year," originally an adjective, "of the jubilee," altered (by association with L. jubilare "to shout with joy") from Gk. iabelaios, from iobelos, from Heb. yobhel "jubilee," formerly "a trumpet, ram's horn," lit. "ram." The original notion was of a year of emancipation of slaves and restoration of lands, to be celebrated every 50th year (Levit. xxv:9); it was proclaimed by the sounding of a ram's horn on the Day of Atonement. The Catholic Church sense of "a period for remission of sin penalties in exchange for pilgrimages, alms, etc." was begun in 1300 by Boniface VIII. The general sense of "season of rejoicing" is first recorded mid-15c., though through early 20c. the word kept its specific association with 50th anniversaries. As a type of African-American folk song, it is attested from 1872.
Originally posted by adam76
has a american it's just odd to celebrate any thing for the queen...