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You know those ballons that say "Happy nth birthday"...

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derelicte Sun 10-Aug-08 19:58:14

Does anyone else have to hold themselves back from buying the 'correct' number on the ballon?

e.g. DS is about to be two. It is therefore his third birthday. People will look at me as if I'm mad if I string up "Happy 3rd Birthday" balloons, won't they?

theyoungvisiter Sun 10-Aug-08 20:01:50

well, it depends what you classify a birthday as, doesn't it? You could argue that a birthday is a celebration of the day you were born - therefore you first birthday is the one that takes place when you celebrate your birth for the first time - one year on.

According to that argument, the day you are actually born is the day you are born, not your birthday.

derelicte Sun 10-Aug-08 20:04:33

Well, that is how I justify it to myself as I reluctantly buy the frigging balloons. But in my heart of hearts I feel it is wrong, all wrong.

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theyoungvisiter Sun 10-Aug-08 20:10:07

There's an interesting side discussion which says the millennium should have been celebrated a year on - as there is no year 0.

So we were celebrating the year 2000 at the beginning of the 2000th year - to celebrate 2 millennia we should really have been celebrating at the end of the year.

derelicte Sun 10-Aug-08 20:21:23

Yes MMJ, but the day you are born is your first birthday.

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ruddynorah Sun 10-Aug-08 20:24:29

no. the day you were born is your birthday. then a year later you celebrate your first birthday ie the first anniverary of your birthday.

it isn't incorrect smile

derelicte Sun 10-Aug-08 20:35:43

Well MMJ, the day of your birth is your birthday, but I do like your "joyeux anniversaire" idea.

I write it on the entirely intentionally spelled "ballons" of my title. Nothing like a sprinkling of French to make one sound urbane, don'tcha think?

KnockOffNorbert Sun 10-Aug-08 20:38:24

If Birthday was the day of your birth, then you wouldn't have a 2nd... So it's really the term Birthday that doesn't really make that much sense.

allgonebellyup Sun 10-Aug-08 20:38:33


obviously, the day you are born is your birthday ie, the day of your birth


KnockOffNorbert Sun 10-Aug-08 20:39:24

Wonder if it has been shortened from Birth Anniversary Day or something... <<off to google>>

pointydog Sun 10-Aug-08 20:39:26

This isn't pedantry, it's insanity.

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southeastastra Sun 10-Aug-08 20:40:23


Slubberdegullion Sun 10-Aug-08 20:40:54

LOL @ pointydog

retiredgoth Sun 10-Aug-08 20:42:34

...birth dates on a "ballon"?

Sounds a little Gallic to my untutored ears...

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