What is the Difference Between a Birthday and a Birth Date?

One of the things that I find slightly disdaining about America is that most people do not know how to actually use their own language correctly,  English that is.  I grew up in the States, but I also learned proper English.  My parents, my mother in particular, are interested in language and insist on learning a language correctly if you are going to learn it at all.  What does all that have to do with today’s post exactly?  If you notice the title you should know.  Today we are going to be talking about the difference between your Birthday and your Birth date since about 90% of the people that I have asked over the course of the past couple of weeks have absolutely no clue what the difference is and think they can be used interchangeably.  

As I mentioned above, tomorrow is my birthday.  It is NOT my birth date!  A birthday is something that happens once a year, or twice a year if you have a six month long calender.  Yes, some cultures and places do follow a six month calender so that you have one warm year and one cool year.  Odd, but yes, that is a real thing in some places of the world.  Of course, I think a solar calendar is a odd compared to a lunar calendar which makes more sense to me because I grew up having to know when planting and harvest times are.  Either way, birthdays occur from the time you are born until the day you die.  Sure, your culture may not celebrate them or you may choose not to, but they still happen.  Regardless of me telling my little nieces and nephews that I will be twenty-one forever, I still get one year older every time my birthday rolls around.

So, if a birthday rolls around every year, how often does your birth date roll around?  Five years?  Ten years?  Fifty years?  None of the above?  Well, the answer to that is none of the above.  You only have one birth date in your whole life.  Your birth date is the day on which you were born.  Mine being 24 July 19xx.  You really think I am going to tell you all how old I am?  I told you all I am twenty-one for the rest of my life.  *snicker*  I will say that I am actually still in my twenties though.  That is all you get though.  A birth date is what is listed on your birth certificate.  You celebrate it once in your life and chances are extremely high that you will not remember it.  Sure, you might have pictures from your birth date, but you will certainly not remember it.  Your brain was not developed enough to do so.

Still confused?  Let me give you all and idiot proof way of remembering the difference through this little dialogue that we shall say I am having with my giant fluff-ball of a cat that I magically taught to speak for this section.

Daphne- Becca, when is your birthday?

Becca- Good question Daphne.  My birthday is the 24th of July.

Daphne- I see.  When was your birth date?

Becca- Another good question.  I was born 24 July 19xx.

So, there you have it.  The real difference is pretty easy to figure out if you think about what you are trying to say before you say it.  Now the real trick is to get people to actually think before they speak.  Let me know if you find a way to do that.

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