Wednesday is the middle of the working week, so to many it’s the herald of the fast-approaching weekend. That’s why they call it “Hump Day” in America, because it’s all smooth sailing from there on out until the weekend.
Wednesday is a name often used for fictional characters, as well as the name used by English football club. With ties to gods and astrology, Wednesday has some interesting facts about it. So without further ado, let’s get on it with it!
- Wednesday is named after Woden, the most important God in the German Pantheon, and is often associated with the Nose God Odin. The name is derived from the Old English word Wōdnesdæg and the Middle English word Wednesdei, meaning ‘day of Woden’, reflecting the pre-Christian religion practiced by the Anglo-Saxons.
- Woden and Odin are also associated with the Roman God Mercury, which is reflected in languages derived from Latin in their names for Wednesday, like French with “Mercredi,” Spanish with “Miercoles” and Italian with “Mercoledì.”
- In many Slavic languages, Wednesday translates to “the middle.”
- Similarly to this, in Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Mandarin Chinese, the name for Wednesday translates to “third day.”
- Quakers continue to refer to Wednesday as the “Fourth Day” of the week in keeping with the traditional calendar so as to avoid the pagan associations the Wednesday holds.
- According to a survey, bosses are most receptive to requests from their employees on a Wednesday. So if you’re going to ask for a pay rise or a holiday, make sure you do it on a Wednesday, people!
- In the Addams Family films, the daughter is called Wednesday Addams. Creator Charles Addams said he chose this name because of the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child, which says the “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”
- Wednesday is also seen as a reccurring character name within some fiction, including Richard James Allen’s Thursday’s Fictions and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which has recently been adapted for an Amazon Prime TV Show.
- In John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel Sweet Thursday, the Thursday of the title was said to have been preceded by a “Lousy Wednesday.”
- In Japanese, the word for Wednesday (sui youbi) means “water day,” as it is associated with the planet Mercury (suisei), which means “water star.”
- In German, the word for Wednesday (Mittwoch) is the only day of the week not to end with “tag,” which means “day.”
- The U.K. football team (that’s soccer, if you’re American) “Sheffield Wednesday” started out as The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1820. They named themselves after the day on which they played their matches.
- The Wednesday before Easter is known as “Holy Wednesday,” or sometimes “Spy Wednesday,” in reference to Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus.
- The first day of Lent in the Western Christian Calendar is known as “Ash Wednesday” and follows “Shrove Tuesday.”
- Red Wednesday is the name of a Yezidi festival celebrated in Iraq.
- Wednesday is known as “hump day” in America because it is the middle of the working week and the hump which you have to get over to make it to Friday.
- In Hindu mythology, Buddha is the God of Mercury, mid-week Wednesday, and of Merchants and merchandise.
- In the Thai Solar Calendar, the color associated with Wednesday is green.
- The astrological sign for Wednesday is the same as the astrological sign for the planet Mercury.
- In American Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant churches schedule studies, prayers or meetings on Wednesday nights. This is reflected in the sports calendar for many public American schools, with Mondays and Thursdays being nights for girls’ games and Tuesday and Fridays being nights for boys’ games, often avoiding Wednesdays altogether.
- In Australia, on Wednesday the 16th of February 1983, a series of over 100 bushfires started that swept across southern Australia, killing some 75 people, injuring 2,600 people, destroying roughly 9,000 homes, killing over 300,000 livestock, and causing damage totaling around $324 million. This day would become known as ‘Ash Wednesday’.
- On Wednesday the 10th of May 1797, the first U.S. Navy Ship, the “United States,” was launched.