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Happy birthday or Happy Birthday?

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  2. Happy Birthday! (21 votes [91.30%])

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#1 Janna

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:19 AM

I see, all too regularly, the words happy and birthday capitalized. Is this correct? A birthday is not a holiday, nor is happy birthday a title. So my assumption was that if I wrote "Happy birthday, Sally!", then I would only be capitalizing "happy" because it's at the beginning of the sentence. However, cards will capitalize both words (Happy Birthday!). So which is correct?

#2 angela in ohio

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:38 AM

It depends. The way you are writing it, you would only capitalize Happy. If you were writing it on a cake or card, though, you would probably capitalize both, as it is more of a title then.

#3 BamaTanya

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:47 AM

I think the way I use/mean it, the birthday IS a holiday/proper noun to that person. JMHO

#4 Aubrey

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:23 AM

It depends. The way you are writing it, you would only capitalize Happy. If you were writing it on a cake or card, though, you would probably capitalize both, as it is more of a title then.


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Ex 1: Happy birthday, Mom. I love you.

Ex 2: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (on a card, cake, etc.) All caps, cap the words, whatever.

#5 Daisy

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:36 AM

I guess I think of it as the title of a personal holiday and would call it a proper noun phrase. I capitalize both words.

Examples of how I would write it.

Happy Birthday, Jean!

Occasionally it isn't used that way in which case I wouldn't capitalize it.

Did you have a happy (pleasant) birthday, Jean?

Though to be honest, I rarely say the above because it does sound too much like a cliche. I'd be more likely to use the word pleasant instead.


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