Words of One Syllable Dept. December 24, 2008 by Patti Niehoff Words of One Syllable Dept. celebration / holiday McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Jokes by Brian Beatty.: UNHAPPY HOLIDAYS. Everyone blames commercialism for ruining the holidays. I think my mother has done her part, too. Related The AuthorPatti Niehoff I read and I write and I think. I survive.