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When did the expression, 'Have a nice day!' originate?

Question #136308. Asked by Walneto.
Last updated Jun 25 2014.
Originally posted Jun 25 2014 3:54 PM.

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The phrase "Have a good day" may go as far back as 1205 in Britain. The variant "Have a nice day" was first recorded as being used in the 1948 movie "A Letter to Three Wives".


Jun 25 2014, 5:14 PM
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How about in the 13th or 14th centuries, during which this (close) variant appeared: "have a good day," either in 1205 in "Layamon's Brut;" or in 1387 in "The Canterbury Tales."

"Have a Nice Day" seemed to makes its way in to US idiomatic usage by 1920.


Jun 25 2014, 5:15 PM
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