Why plural days and nights in Spanish greetings?

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Sofia Polykreti
Greece
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Same in Turkish Apr 29, 2013

The same goes for Turkish, as in "iyi geceler". I know that Turkish often uses the plural form to give more emphasis. In my mother tongue, Greek, it is also common to use the plural form in order to give emphasis as well as to exaggerate, or to show irony.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 18:04
Turkish to English
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Also Apr 29, 2013

Sofia Polykreti wrote:

The same goes for Turkish, as in "iyi geceler". I know that Turkish often uses the plural form to give more emphasis. In my mother tongue, Greek, it is also common to use the plural form in order to give emphasis as well as to exaggerate, or to show irony.


Also:
iyi günler - literally "good days"
iyi akşamlar - literally "good evenings"

I have even heard:
iyi Pazarlar - literally "good Sundays" when people who work on Saturdays go home at the end of the working day.


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Magdalena Balibrea Vich  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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Spanish Apr 29, 2013

In Spanish, Buenos días comes from "Buenos días tenga usted", "may you have/enjoy good days".
It's not a wish for just the present day, but also for those to come.


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