I have often noticed that Americans say "New Years" - and wondered why it was plural.
But just reading Obama's biography I've noticed for the first time it is spelled with an apostrophe.
School started two weeks before Inauguration Day, so after New Year's we flew back to Chicago...
In Britain we would just say "after New Year", or we might say "after New Year's Day". But I am puzzled as to how America got to "New Year's". It could mean a whole lot of things - "New Year's Eve", "New Year's Day", New Year's holiday" (which we would call "the New Year public/bank-holiday*"), "New Year's picnic" etc.
Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
*If New Year's Day falls at the weekend, the Monday following is a public holiday - (often still called a "bank holiday" in Britain).