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Yule vs you’ll

Yule and you’ll are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different spellings and very different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of Yule and you’ll, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Yule is a very old term for Christmas, as is Yuletide which means Christmas time. The word Yule is derived from the Old English word gēol, which in turn is probably derived from the Old Norse word jol or Juul, which was pagan holiday that was celebrated for twelve days. Christianity has often absorbed local customs. Yule is often seen written with a lowercase letter, as in yule, but the Oxford English Dictionary only lists the capitalized version.


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You’ll is a contraction of either you will or you shall. Contractions have long been used in the English language, dating back to Old English. A contraction consists of two words combined by omitting the beginning of the second and replacing the missing letters with an apostrophe.

Examples

In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log. (The Huffington Post)

Animal Planet likes the yule log idea, but thinks it could be a little sweeter, so it’s swapping out wood for woofs. (People Magazine)

The Police in Jigawa have placed a total ban on the use of fireworks, bangers and other explosives during the Yuletide in the state. (The Premium Times)

This is how many calories you’ll probably consume on Christmas Day (Cosmopolitan Magazine)

The cutest TV show you’ll ever see: The antics of these adorable baby elephants will melt your heart says filmmaker Gordon Buchanan who spent weeks with them in Kenya (The Daily Mail)

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