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CategoriesNooks and also cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and also screenBirds and the bees SEMANTIC ENIGMASI"ve to be trying for years to find out what the traditional birthday greeting: "Many Happy Returns" way exactly. Anybody know?Chris Prophet, Sweden The complete phrase "Many happy return of the day" means exactly what the says. May the job (your birthday) return many times to you and may you be happy. I.e. May you have actually a long and also happy life. John Charnock, Warrington Cheshire You space being wished plenty of returns of this day, her birthday. In various other words you room being wished a lengthy life. I get it Thomson, Brighton, UK that is quick for "many happy returns of the day" and method that the person, who is speaking, is wishing that the human being with the date of birth will have many more of them, i.e. The their birthday will return many times more and the they will because of this live a lengthy life. Liz, Nyköping Sweden many returns of her birthday. A wish for a long life. Jonathan, Lancaster, UK Presumably the is a cheery recognition that your birthday has actually returned i.e. You are still alive in spite of wars, disease, pestilence and also the rest! Maureen Edwards, Newcastle upon Tyne UK I"ve heard an expensive explanation of this - the sunlight returns to the same location in the ecliptic (a solar return), for this reason the wish that this will take place many more times. Simon, Malmo, Sweden include your answer


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