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    bleated greetings

    Hi everybody,

    I received a greeting message (written by a native American English speaker) saying the following:

    A very bleated greetings that is Christmas, new years ...(etc)

    Not considering the usage of the singular article ("a") for what seems to me to be a plural noun ("greetings"), what I really cannot understand is what he meant by bleated greetings.
    Could anybody help me make out what that means?

    Thank you in advance

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    #2

    Re: bleated greetings

    He meant belated.

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    #3

    Re: bleated greetings

    ...unless he's a sheep.


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    Re: bleated greetings

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    He meant belated.
    That makes sense. I was going crazy trying to understand what he meant. Thank you so much, Charlie.

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    #5

    Re: bleated greetings

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    That makes sense. I was going crazy trying to understand what he meant. Thank you so much, Charlie.
    Maybe 'belated greetings' is an uncommon phrase over there. Here, we use it all the time. Of course, if it was the caption for a Nativity scene featuring a sheep, maybe it was intentional.

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    Re: bleated greetings

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe 'belated greetings' is an uncommon phrase over there. Here, we use it all the time. Of course, if it was the caption for a Nativity scene featuring a sheep, maybe it was intentional.

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    It might be uncommon in Italy - I don't know. It's very common in the U.S.

    Don't know about the nativity scene. Maybe I need a creche course....

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