Ripped from the wires ... Kathleen Parker renounces 2008, the year of categorical renunciation:
By KATHLEEN PARKER
Summing up, let me just say that I reject, repudiate, renounce, denounce, dismiss and utterly regret 2008.
Sayonara and good riddance.
Which is not intended to convey offense toward anyone of Japanese descent, nor to serve as commentary on any but the preceding 12 months of the Gregorian calendar. Not that other calendars, including the Goddess Lunar Calendar, aren't perfectly good.