Thank you for your question, Terry, which brought up DocV's answer, one more of those replies of his which nicely combine historical and linguistic matters.
I must be one of the oldest members around (I'm speaking about age, not seniority!), and would like to seize the opportunity to share with you a unit from Developing Skills, one of the books by L. G. Alexander most of the people my age used to study from when we were young. This is the link: New Year Resolutions
I still find it fun to read. Below I've copied and pasted the text, just in case:
Once again, happy New Year to all of you!