One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A children's card game played with special cards in sets of four, each depicting members of a ‘family’, the object being to acquire as many sets as possible.
- ‘I was beginning to regret letting him go first in a two player game of happy families.’
- ‘Most young people who have had any experience at all of cards and card playing are well acquainted with the amusing game of Happy Families.’
- ‘One usually plays Happy Families around a table.’
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