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Vacation vs. Hiatus

May 4, 2003 |


Dear Garrison:
What is the difference between a vacation and a hiatus? Since your show incorporates both, I'd appreciate a detailed explanation from an English major. Sincerely,

Mert

Mert, I’m not an authority on the subject but I’d say a hiatus is a fancy word for a break in schedule when you want to suggest some possibility that you may not return. Probably you will, but you’d like people to imagine that you might not, so as to encourage them to beg you to, or to at least ask if you’re returning. A vacation is a small scheduled break with a definite return date.

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