Just to be clear, I’m not in any way having a dig at makers for making a few quid, but at the kind of people who want to trademark something to stop them … and the box ticking paper sniffers who let them do it. If it were the phrase as it appears in the book then grand, fair play and all that, but it isn’t.
I’m really not liking the idea that someone can trademark something that’s nearly what they wrote in a book.
Until I read this thread I didn’t realise that’s where the phrase comes from, I would have been 13/14 when it came out, too old to have bothered reading it myself and far too long before I’d a child of my own to read it to. I’d young cousins and the book rings a bell, a very small bell but still so I’m guessing someone I knew owned a copy.
I love you to the moon and back is just the kind of thing a kid would say, any kid which is probably why most people think it’s a traditional saying, it’s entirely believable that it could be. I’d be willing to bet that a fair few people using the phrase don’t even know where it came from and have never heard of the book.