Clever birthday wishes, at their best, can be witty, inspiring, even smart. Find only the "best" clever birthday messages for your card, eCard or text here.
Just pick the one that cleverly expresses what you want to say to someone special. Next, determine if what you want to say is clever enough or too clever for the birthday girl or boy.
Considering the reaction of your special someone celebrating a birthday may seem like an obvious move, particularly when choosing a birthday wish, but most people tend to overlook it, caught up with finding a clever birthday message, any clever birthday message.
Message Guy Tip #42: How to select clever birthday wishes
Birthday wishes can be clever. But you may not want to be too “clever” with your birthday greetings. Some people prefer slightly clever birthday messages over a real “brain-teaser” of a birthday message. Others can’t wait to sink their teeth into a pun-laced, hard-to-solve birthday verse.
Which level of "cleverness" should you choose for the birthday boy or girl? The first thing to consider is...
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Why do people like clever birthday messages in the first place? Most people like this type of birthday greeting because it appeals to the same part of the brain that likes riddles. Because clever birthday wishes are cryptic in nature, they are a lot like riddles. So, the real question to ask is "why do people like riddles?" According to "And so it goes," an article I read recently, here's why:
"We like to challenge ourselves (part of us thinks we can't solve the riddle and another part thinks we can).
We like to solve riddles because it proves to ourselves that we can solve problems.
We want to be able to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.
We like to just know the answer to everything.
A riddle is more fun when we remember it and can gloat about having solved it (when we tell it to someone else).
The fun in riddles is that it is better than thinking about nothing."
You can read the entire article right here. The same, I guess, goes for clever birthday verses, which contain riddle-like messages.
So how far should you go with your clever birthday messages?
If you think the birthday boy or girl would agree four or more the reasons why riddles are appealing (right above), you should choose a very clever birthday wish. This type of greeting is clever, yet not too cryptic. It's witty, but not too droll or campy. You can even choose a clever birthday wish that's inspiring. Whatever you do, just make sure it does not go over the head of the birthday boy or girl.
If the recipient of your birthday message would agree with two or three of the reasons above, go for a semi-clever birthday verse. In other words, don’t be too clever with your choice. This group won't like the "smarty pants" approach, so express how you feel about the birthday boy or girl with just the right turn of phrase.
If you believe that the birthday boy or girl would agree with only one of the above-mentioned reasons, don't go the clever route at all. A better option: go to my Birthday Wishes section to choose from many other styles — or by age or person.
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create BirthdayMessages.net in 2012 to share his passion for birthday and "unbirthday" quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.