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

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