This is the Christmas season and I thought I would start off by writing about a Christmas story that is ingrained into American and British culture.
Charles Dickens was a famous English writer who lived in nineteenth century England. His story “A Christmas Carol” is about the transformation of a cranky, miserly man, Ebenezer Scrooge into a generous and affable person.
This story influenced the English language in many ways.
The name of Dickens’ main character has become a derisive term.
What does it mean to be a “Scrooge”?
If we call someone a “scrooge” we are saying that they are mean spirited and stingy. Someone who doesn’t know how to be generous or kind to others.
Ebenezer Scrooge was a bachelor and a business man. He sees no need for compassion, generosity and benevolence in his life.
In his earlier days, he was engaged to be married, but kept postponing his marriage in order to provide more financial stability for his fiancee. However, the woman became weary of the postponements and married another man.
A broken heart
This rejection only made Scrooge more greedy and embittered him.
Dicken’s is a wonderful and prolific writer. If you want to share his wonderful stories with your children they are available in a wide variety of books, and videos.
If you are new to English, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing an original version though. The English language has changed so much, you may find it difficult to read.
Don’t worry, there are many new and revised editions, and while it’s a long book it is well worth reading.