December 3, 2019

Wedding Vs. Marriage

Another pet peeve of mine (I think I have too many of those): when people use words wedding and marriage interchangeably. You see, in most Indian languages (at least the ones I know), there is usually one word that means both wedding and marriage. So people simply use them interchangeably. It makes me cringe every time.

So what's the difference you ask. Wedding refers to the ceremony while marriage refers to the relationship between two people. So correct uses of the word wedding are wedding ceremony (and not marriage ceremony), wedding anniversary (and not marriage anniversary) as in celebrating the anniversary of the wedding ceremony, wedding rituals, wedding day, etc. Please, oh please, stop using marriage everywhere.

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