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Postby threewood14 » Sat Jun 12, 2004 10:50 pm

What would you say is the best way to say, "Happy Birthday!" in Latin? I'm not so sure of what I have come up with.
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Postby benissimus » Sat Jun 12, 2004 11:12 pm

The phrase I am familiar with is felicem tibi natalem.

felix natal is "happy birthday", put into the accusative for exclamatory purposes.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby Episcopus » Sat Jun 12, 2004 11:56 pm

See, the ne habeas is understood.
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Postby Cleo » Sun Jun 13, 2004 1:50 pm

Felix dies tibi sit according to Minimus, from Cambridge University Press.
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Postby Fair Terentia » Thu Jun 17, 2004 8:03 pm

I've always said, "felicem diem natalis habeas" but I did just make it up...
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Postby Moerus » Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:29 am

The standard translation is felix dies natalis tibi sit or something like that (tibi opto ut felix sit dies natalis; diem natalem felicem habeas; ...).

But you can also sing the famous song 'Happy birthday to you' in Latin. There is a standard translation of that too, but the 'natalis' is left away in it metri causa:

Felix dies tibi (2x)
Felix dies tibi, (here comes the name in the vocative),
Felix dies tibi.
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