I’ve got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.
I thought I’d share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you – Word Origins from Left Field – that’s right, the WOLF. Er… ignore the fact that the “from” doesn’t fit.
Today we’re going to talk about days of the week! Obviously I’ve got a little fixation with those myself, as I have three of my posting days titled after them (Wednesday WOLF, Thursday Thoughts & The Saturday Slash).
So where do they come from?
You probably know we owe a lot to the Romans (and wow, do I ever mean A LOT), but our weekly calendar is downright Anglo-Saxon.
- Monday – “Moon’s Day” Not sure why night-time was a big deal at the beginning of the week. Maybe everyone just wanted to sleep in.
- Tuesday – from “Tiw’s Day” Tiw was the God of War in Norse Mythology. Unsure why Tuesday got that honor. Personally I’m more grumpy on Monday.
- Wednesday – from “Wodin’s (Odin’s) Day” Odin being a Scandinavian / Norse God of war, battle, victory and death, among other things. Apparently making war was a big deal.
- Thursday – is from “Thor’s Day” Thor being the Norse god of thunder and lightning.
- Friday – “Frigg’s Day” from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Frigg. No word on whether she’s the goddess of pizza and beer, but that’s how I roll. Especially after a week of making war and having bad weather.
- Saturday – from “Saturn’s Day.” Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture, but also liberation. And honestly, that makes the most sense.
- Sunday – “Sun’s Day” For ancient sun-worshipping culture, this was a day of religious observation, which in turn was adopted by Christians to represent the resurrection of Christ. In Russian the word for Sunday literally translates as resurrection, whereas in other Slavic languages it translates as no work. And after my Saturday, that sounds pretty good.