Wednesday, 7 January 2009
...who instinctively feels that "happy birthday" should be reflexive in the same sense as "happy Christmas" or "happy new year"?
I may be making up a new sense of the word 'reflexive' here. What I mean is, when someone says "happy Christmas" you automatically say it back. But people give you funny looks when they wish you a happy birthday and you turn and say it right back at them!
It may be a function of having a birthday which falls just after Christmas and new year (i.e. yesterday)... but this is a mistake I make at least once every year.