Friday, 21 December 2018

Pedant's Corner

Winter Solstice in Alaska 2018 (photo'  by Don M)

No, the days will not be getting longer.  It's just that in much of the northern hemisphere we'll now be getting more minutes/hours of daylight, and fewer minutes/hours of darkness.

The opposite will be happening in parts of the southern hemisphere.

(In equatorial regions both south and north of the equator it's more or less twelve and twelve of each year round.)

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Whilst I am wallowing in pedantry I remind you that you cannot wish someone happiness for a belated birthday.

You can send belated greetings, you can have a belated birthday party or celebration.

But please, you should not write "Happy belated birthday". (I know that you will do so whatever I say!!) 

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