Posted by Smokey Stover on March 20, 2005
In Reply to: Holidays are off. posted by meimei on March 20, 2005
: : : Hi there,
: : : From one of the emails I got today,there was a
: : : sentence that read
: : : "All official National Holidays are off of work, and everyone gets 12-day Lunar New Year vacation."
: : : The first half of the sentence didn't look right to me,I suppose the sender meant to say ALL official National Holidays are days off.
: : : However, my question is if there is a sentence goes like this
: : : "All holidays are off"
: : : what does it really mean when it stands by itself regardless of what the sender intend to say. It means the holidays are available or unavailable ?
: : It would mean canceled as in "all bets are off" or "the deal is off."
: I thought as much, thank you for the help. Another question, Can off day and day off be used interchangeably to say time spent away from work?
In the right context, off day can mean day off, but normally an off day is when your perceptions, abilities and performance are not up to par. Or your looks, if that's the topic. You are off your highest standard, or even your standard standard. But day off only means a day in which you're not required to work, or do whatever you have a one-day holiday from. So the answer, in briefer form, is NO. In regard to your earlier question, anyone saying "All holidays are off" should find another way to say whatever it is he wants to say. Even if it's just a whimsical joke. SS