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

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