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Prince George 'turns' 3

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GrandmaKT Fri 22-Jul-16 18:32:54

This was the title of the news item on the 6 o'clock news just now.
Whilst wishing the little HRH many happy returns, I can't help but get annoyed by the terminology.
When did we all start 'revolving' on our birthdays? It seems to have crept in over the last 15 years or so. I'm sure we just 'were' 10 or 12 or whatever. I don't remember my children ever 'turning' a year.
Anyone know where it came from and how it has become so prevalent?

Lillie Fri 22-Jul-16 19:22:16

The expression is used quite a bit with time phrases, so you hear something like .... It's turned midnight.

merlotgran Fri 22-Jul-16 19:58:37

The media always seem to use a slightly old fashioned way of describing Royal news to set them apart from the rest of us.

The Queen never has a cold because it conjours up images of snotty tissues and a hacking cough - she has a 'chill'

She 'takes' tea and has her bath 'drawn' before 'retiring' to bed.


thatbags Fri 22-Jul-16 20:31:53

'Turning' an age is the usual way of expressing it in Scotland.

Bellanonna Fri 22-Jul-16 21:15:50

I always say just turned three, or whatever. I'm not Scottish.

Jalima Fri 22-Jul-16 21:43:00

I'm not Scottish and I say 'just turned three - or four - or whatever'

I am just turned 21

Marmark1 Sat 23-Jul-16 08:53:25

I think it's a new term,or another Americanism maybe,