Friday, February 24, 2012

Today's Friday

What does today being Friday mean to you?

The Oxford Reference on-line set has a number of meanings for Friday.
"The belief that Friday is an unlucky day goes back to the Middle Ages, and is widely attested. As early as 1390 Chaucer wrote ‘And on a Friday fell all this mischance’, and throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries there are ample references to people thinking this a bad day on which to do business, travel, move house, start a new piece of work, be born, or get married (Opie and Tatem, 1989: 167–9). This is probably an indirect consequence of the old Catholic rule that Fridays are a day for penance. It is still very strong, and has some specifically modern developments, for instance that Friday is now thought to be a day on which many road accidents occur. Similarly, if a car or machine frequently breaks down, it may be said that ‘It must have been made on a Friday’, though here the implication is not always superstitious; sometimes what is meant is that the workmen, eager for the weekend, were too slapdash."

"In Islamic belief, Friday is regarded as the day of the week on which Adam was created (as in Genesis 1:26–7)."

Monday's child is fair of face.
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is full of woe.
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving.
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
And the child born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Regardless of your thoughts on Friday, I hope you enjoy it. Oxford Reference Online is here.

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