One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any day except one's birthday.as modifier ‘an unbirthday present’
- ‘And Mrs Du Faur may have been the first and last person to celebrate ‘unbirthdays’.’
- ‘Having demonstrated to his own satisfaction, if not Alice's, that unbirthday presents are to be preferred because people can have them more often, he adds triumphantly, There's glory for you!’
- ‘If you are under the age of, say, eight, you'll think this is your very own unbirthday present.’
- ‘And, as Humpty Dumpty noted: ‘There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get unbirthday presents’.’
- ‘I wanted to buy you an unbirthday cake as a surprise.’
- ‘Ahhh, but there are three hundred and sixty four unbirthdays!’
- ‘They can draw money out of 401 plans and IRAs to celebrate their unbirthdays or prepare for their big 60th bashes.’
1871: coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass.
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