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Four Reasons Why Friday The 13th Is Unlucky
There are many theories as to why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day. Fortunately, there aren't 13 of them. Aside from that whole horror movie thing, there are some old reasons why this day has inspired so many superstitions.
Origin of Friday
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MORE ABOUT FRIDAY
What does Friday mean?
Friday is the weekday between Thursday and Saturday.
In much of North and South America, where most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, Friday is the sixth day of the week. In other places, where the week is considered to begin on Saturday or Monday, Friday is the seventh or fifth day of the week.
Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Friday is considered the fifth and final day of the workweek, the five-day span from Monday to Friday during which many people work, with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend. Friday evening is often considered the start of the weekend (though Friday is still considered a weekday).
People famously love Friday (TGIF!) because it’s when the workweek (or school week) ends and the weekend begins. Friday is associated with the anticipation of rest, relaxation, and freedom from responsibility. For that reason, people sometimes take things a bit easier on Fridays. Casual Fridays are Fridays on which employees can dress less formally than is usually required.
The word Fridays can be used as an adverb meaning every Friday or on Fridays, as in I have off Fridays or The shop is closed Fridays.
To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Friday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, and Friday night.
Example: After I finish work on Friday, I love to go home, order pizza, change into my pajamas, and stay up late watching movies.
Where does Friday come from?
The first records of the word Friday come from before 1000. It comes from the Old English Frīgedæg, meaning “Freya‘s day.” In Latin, the name for the day we call Friday is dies Veneris, meaning “Venus’s day,” referring to the Roman goddess of love. However, the name of the day in many languages is instead based on the name of one of two goddesses from Norse mythology, either the love goddess Freya or chief goddess Frigg (or Frigga), wife of Odin.
Friday is just one of the days of the week named after a mythological figure. Tuesday derives its name from Tiu, war god of Anglo-Saxon mythology. Wednesday gets its name from Woden, the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Odin. Thursday is named for Thor, hammer-wielding god of thunder (and son of Odin).
In Islam, Friday is a day of worship.
In U.S. history, Black Friday refers to September 24, 1869, the date of a financial panic sparked by gold speculators. The term Black Friday is more commonly known as the informal name for the day after Thanksgiving, on which retailers offer special sales to mark the start of the holiday shopping season.
If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Friday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.
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- Fridays (plural noun, adverb)
- Fri (abbreviation)
- Fri. (abbreviation)
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People love and look forward to Friday because it’s the unofficial start of the weekend.
The only thing better than a Friday is a Friday before a long weekend. #TGIF
— Emily James (@emmjames23) August 30, 2013
Friday is almost here! Super excited
— FlowerChild🌻 (@JustQueeninn_) January 13, 2021
it’s almost friday!! how’s everyone’s thursday goin? ☺️
— banshee 🦇 (@bittybanshee) January 14, 2021
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What is Friday the 13th?
Friday the 13th refers to a calendar date superstitiously associated with bad luck and evil doings.
Where did the term Friday the 13th come from?
When the 13th day of any month falls on a Friday, generally referred to as Friday the 13th, it is popularly believed that it will bring bad luck, terrible occurrences, and even fatal accidents.
The exact origins of Friday the 13th, as a term and superstition, are unclear.
Anthropology professor Phillips Stevens Jr. has argued that fear of the date may have been inspired in the Middle Ages surrounding Christian beliefs about the death of Jesus Christ. According to Stevens, Jesus’s Last Supper is said to have had 13 participants, including Jesus, and occurred on the evening before his crucifixion on a Friday, leading to dark associations between Friday and the number 13.
Other theories point more generally to superstitions surrounding the number 13 as an unlucky number and Friday as an unlucky day of the week.
Friday the 13th notably appeared in the early 20th century with Thomas Lawson’s 1907 novel Friday, the Thirteenth, a story about a broker using his superstitious beliefs to win big in the stock market.
The term and superstition rose to great prominence in 1980 with the release of the slasher horror film Friday the 13th, starring the undead, machete-wielding, hockey goalie mask-wearing murderer Jason Voorhees (first played by Ari Lehman). In the film, Friday the 13th is referred to as “Jason’s birthday,” and in the decades since, 12 Friday the 13th sequels, a comic book and TV series, and various memorabilia have cemented the association between the franchise and Friday the 13th.
Scientists have explored how people who think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day may be priming themselves for unlucky-seeming episodes on the day, à la self-fulfilling prophecy, but the day is not statistically worse than other days.
How to use the term Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th, which occurs whenever the 13th of any month falls on a Friday, is described as a day when bad things happen in the popular imagination and culture, especially when a Friday the 13th falls in October before Halloween. Halloween merchandise and content often incorporate Friday the 13th for spooky effects.
Popular articles on the cultural phenomenon circulate online on Friday the 13th dates, as do jokes and casual references on social media.
People may humorously blame the day for setbacks in speech and on social media (e.g., Of course I got in a car accident today, it’s Friday the 13th). Other people take their superstitions more seriously and avoid risks (e.g., It’s Friday the 13th, so I’m not going to apply for that job until tomorrow just in case.).
Friday the 13th is commonly bundled with other superstitions (e.g., Oh no, I saw a black cat today and it’s Friday the 13th!).
Due to the popularity of the film character Jason Voorhees, the term Friday the 13th is often used to refer to the movies and their horror tropes. For example, if a group of teenagers is camped out in the woods and hears a sound in the distance, one could say, “Be careful, this seems like a Friday the 13th situation.”
More examples of Friday the 13th:
“Art Bell, a self-proclaimed expert on the paranormal who hosted a popular syndicated radio show for decades, has died at the age of 72 — on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough.”
—Thom Geier, The Wrap, April 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use Friday in a sentence
On Friday, Porter said she would work to ensure that every student had educational opportunity.New York City schools chancellor to step down amid clashes with mayor|Valerie Strauss|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
The Rocket Report's Houston-based author lacked power until Wednesday night amidst a massive winter storm and had no reliable Internet until Friday afternoon.Rocket Report: Cornwall says “LOL, no” to space tourism, Korean rocket on track|Eric Berger|February 26, 2021|Ars Technica
A lot has happened since way back then, when masks were for Halloween and social distancing was a Friday night choice to Netflix and chill solo.Where does the new McDonald’s chicken sandwich rank? Turns out, the Arches fall flat.|Emily Heil|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
She asked city officials how they will be better prepared for a similar influx of residents trying to make appointments Friday.D.C. vaccine registrations freeze up, then fill up on first day for residents with underlying conditions|Antonio Olivo, Lola Fadulu, Michael Brice-Saddler|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The document, posted in advance of an all-day meeting of FDA advisers Friday, sets the stage for a vaccine to be authorized as soon as this weekend.FDA review confirms safety, efficacy of single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, especially against severe cases|Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley|February 24, 2021|Washington Post
France 24's coverage of two developing hostage situations in Paris on Friday.
On Friday, the story had looked like it might blow over as Buckingham Palace sought to dismiss it as a “civil case.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The movie we went to that Friday night in 1953 was The Big Heat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Friday Night Lights television show featured characters talking of “Texas forever.”
Schiff told The Daily Beast that he was given a classified briefing about the Sony attack from the intelligence community Friday.
The girls of the Junior class in modern history were filing out on Friday.
She had not told her mother a word about that ladys visit on Friday evening, nor her errand to the house.
In possession of the news of that darling angel's death ever since Friday night, and to have bottled it up within him till Sunday!Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
In this Friday gathering you will recognize dozens of faces which you have seen at the “Bal Bullier” and the cafés.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
Friday, July 19, 1895, memorable in annals of British stage as a day set apart for one of the greatest triumphs of the Drama.
British Dictionary definitions for Friday
Word Origin for Friday
Cultural definitions for Friday
A native character in Robinson Crusoe, so named because Crusoe found him on a Friday. Friday places himself in service to Crusoe and helps him survive.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with Friday
see black Friday; girl Friday; thank god (it's Friday).