People it's time to stop the ubiquitous "Happy Everything." I was on my way in to work this morning and a woman handing out newspapers was yelling at the top of her lungs, "Happy Friday! Happy Leap Year!"
Really, "Happy Leap Year?" Why, people? Why?
We've got "Happy" days that never used to be "Happy" days before. We've got "Happy Friday," "Happy Black Friday," and "Happy New Year's Eve." On the appropriate dates of the calendar, I've had people wish me "Happy Spring," "Happy Fall," "Happy Winter," and "Happy Summer."
I've had people wish me "Happy Mother's Day," but I don't have any kids. I guess Daisy counts, but the people I'm talking about were strangers and didn't even know Daisy existed. Any time now I expect someone to wish me "Happy Father's Day," or when I get to be a woman of a certain age, "Happy Grandparents Day."
After doing a little search of the blogosphere, it seems I'm in the minority because there's a whole bunch of posts out there with the headline, "Happy Leap Year." I suppose I could turn it around and look at it as people wanting to wish a little more happiness on the world, but I don't believe that. What I believe is sometimes people can be mindless sheep, parroting back what they hear.
As far as I'm concerned the only "Happy" that should be used today is for people who were born on March 1st in a non-leap year. To those people, "Happy Birthday."
Have a nice day.