Sunday, 15 November 2009

Saxon phrase of the day # 5: birthdays!

It's your friend's birthday today! Assuming some time had passed since the Synod of Whitby (where they argued for hours and hours about how to count days) and you were calculating the calendar the same as your friends across the road, you might know just the right day to wish them a happy birthday, saying something like this:

Gesælig gebyreddæg to þe ["yuh-sail-igh ye-bur-ed-day toe thee"]

(thanks to Ms Hilditch for this one - her 18th birthday I think was the first occasion on which this was used)