Birthed works. Kind of like "conceived". People just don't write in this fashion as of late. It's oft that folks forget the old ways.
@meesegoMoo while its obvious what the writer intended, for modern writing there are better ways to flow the sentiment.
"That" sentiment. You have to keep in mind that the asker is American. We still read the bible in middle English, we don't read actual books for the most part but many of us can quote parts of our constitution. Antiquated speech is associated with comfort and hearkens to a nobler propriety. Tis a myth that one must serve the lowest common denominator. At least in the instance here-to referred.
@meesegoMoo It's not about "the lowest common denominator" its about unmuddied understanding. There can certainly be an argument in using either format. Modern writing is pervasive in nonfiction writing. Modern novelist also employ the modern writing style when they want to make their narration transparent. Modern style is very much tech friendly while the traditional style is more imaginative. It is often best to combine both writing styles for the author to create a unique writing style. In this instance where there is no real context, the most straight forward way to get ones point across would be through the modern writing style.
Argument "for" not "in". The idea that modern writing grabs attention better is highly debatable. You said it's not about catering to the less literate among us, but then you write of those incapable of understanding the old format. Now that you have searched, do you see the contradiction? It's not about being imaginative, it's about both style and, against your point, clarity amongst the fluent and the able. Each word does have differences in meaning and connotation. These differences may be subtle, but subtlety is not voiding. You can understand everything I write, is it that much more modern than what came before it? Trust the readers and let respect be repaid you.
@meesegoMoo Is there something wrong with you? Honing your skills for debate club? You say I "write of those incapable of understanding the old format" ? where do I write such?I said there can be an argument "in" using either format as in "within" each style "for or against" Nothing I've said is out of line when debating the use of modern vs traditional English. There might be a bundle of arguments on this issue when it comes to what style to select to get more praise from the audience. In this wrters instance, we have no context other than he is attempting to state when a certain holiday was created. Outside of this context, It is often better to combine both the styles to make a stunning success in ones writing. If you are attempting to argue traditional English is always the best approach, I'm here to tell you emphatically to STAY IN SCHOOL!
Your exact words were "It's not about "the lowest common denominator" its about unmuddied understanding.", that indicates you assume people wouldn't understand any writing but that which is most contemporary. On your "in", seems odd for somebody championing clarity. I'v no interest in debate clubs, simply in understanding other humans. Keep in mind this all started with your distaste for the word "birthed". Come on lass, you know better than that. It's clear you have some education, it comes through in your writing. I'm just asking that you don't assume all readers are so stupid as to not understand the meaning of simple English constructions such as "birthed". You are probably right about school, I haven't any formal education past the 3rd grade. Other than college, but that was a small community college I count as less than many elementary schools.
@meesegoMoo Please stop. Never once did I speak of my "distaste" for birthed, nor have I assumed all readers are so stupid as to not understand the meaning of birthed. If anyone is assuming anything, it is you. Without a greater understanding as to the context of this writers story, the clearest, most concise, grammatically correct phrase would be "XYZ holiday originated/was born/created in 2018"
Scroll Down to Read Other Opinions