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Hump day

  • Hump day is primarily a North American idiom that some may find confusing. An idiom is a figure of speech that is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the definition of hump day, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Hump day is an idiom that means Wednesday, a day of the week. The term hump day first appeared in the 1960s in North America, most probably in business offices. Hump day is based on the idea that the work week is a mountain one must climb. The general office work week is Monday through Friday, consisting of five days. This puts Wednesday in the middle, or at the peak or hump of the work week. Monday and Tuesday are the “climbing” days of the week, and are therefore psychologically difficult to get through. Wednesday is the highest part of this climb up a proverbial mountain. The thinking goes that if one can make it to hump day, than Thursday and Friday are an easy slide into the weekend. The plural form of hump day is hump days.

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    Examples

    To celebrate hump day and get over the proverbial “hump” the Nationals have been facing, new manager Dave Martinez brought in some humps in the form of camels.  (Sports Illustrated)

    TO celebrate making it through to hump day, why not treat yourself to some gorgeous goodies that will transforms your home and wardrobe? (The Sun)

    Weekly specials include Healthy Hump Day on Wednesday, featuring $3 smoothies, and salads and vegetarian menu items for $5. (The Shepherd Express)

    That’s an hour later than the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, which was held on a Wednesday, making many a groggy worker and students that hump day. (The Tampa Bay Times)


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