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Origin of Thursday
Words nearby Thursday
BEHIND THE WORD
What does Thursday mean?
Thursday is the weekday between Wednesday and Friday.
In much of North and South America, where most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, Thursday is the fifth day of the week. (In other places, where the week is considered to begin on Saturday or Monday, Thursday is the sixth or fourth day of the week.)
Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Thursday is considered the fourth day of the workweek, the five-day span from Monday to Friday during which many people work (with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend). People famously love Friday because it’s when the workweek ends and the weekend begins, and Thursday is often thought of as being almost Friday.
The word Thursdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Thursday or on Thursdays, as in I work Thursdays or The shop is closed Thursdays.
To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Thursday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, and Thursday night.
Example: At least it’s Thursday already—only one day of work between now and the weekend!
Where does Thursday come from?
The first records of Thursday come from before 950. It comes from the Old English Thursdæg, from Old Danish Thūrsdagr, meaning “Thor‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term diēs Jovis, meaning “Jupiter’s day.” In many Germanic languages, the Roman god Jupiter was subbed out in favor of Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder in Norse mythology.
Thursday 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 the Anglo-Saxon god Woden, the equivalent of the Norse god Odin—Thor’s father. Friday is thought to be named for love goddess Freya or chief goddess Frigg, wife of Odin.
In the U.S., the only national holiday to fall exclusively on a Thursday is Thanksgiving, which is observed on the fourth Thursday of November.
If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Thursday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.
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What are some other forms related to Thursday?
- Thursdays (plural noun, adverb)
- Thur (abbreviation)
- Thur. (abbreviation)
- Thurs (abbreviation)
- Thurs. (abbreviation)
What are some words that share a root or word element with Thursday?
What are some words that often get used in discussing Thursday?
How is Thursday used in real life?
People tend to like Thursday because it’s almost Friday, when the weekend begins.
Good morning everyone. Happy Thursday. One more day until the weekend 💃🏽
— DJ DIRTY DI ♈️ (@DJDIRTYDI) January 14, 2021
today is Thursday, or as I like to call it, Friday Eve
— ʎɥsᴉ (@ishygacayan) January 14, 2021
it’s almost friday!! how’s everyone’s thursday goin? ☺️
— banshee 🦇 (@bittybanshee) January 14, 2021
Try using Thursday!
Which mythological figure is Thursday named for?
How to use Thursday in a sentence
Going forward, the city will open the system again every Thursday and Friday, at least until it replaces the current vaccine website with a new system that it has promised will be operational in the coming weeks.Glitches, errors, a nonworking number: D.C. residents still struggle to get vaccine appointments|Julie Zauzmer, Meagan Flynn|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
“I can’t wait for this problem to be fixed so I can spend my time working on something else … and surfing,” Dedina said Thursday.Mexico Says It Fixed the Tijuana River Sewage Problem. It’s Partly True.|MacKenzie Elmer and Vicente Calderón|February 26, 2021|Voice of San Diego
The authority’s board, which sets toll ranges in the state, heard details of the preliminary rates Thursday but won’t vote on a final proposal until the fall, after the authority holds hearings and solicits public comments, officials said.Maryland reveals potential toll rates for proposed HOT lanes on Beltway, I-270|Katherine Shaver|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
The Metro Transit Police Department is making strides in addressing community concerns about policing, its chief said Thursday, highlighting efforts to rewrite policing standards, review past internal investigations and improve transparency.Metro Transit Police chief says changes underway to address community concerns|Justin George|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
GameStop shares closed up 19 percent Thursday, after surging as much as 88 percent, as retail investors returned to the shorted stock that set off a trading frenzy last month that shocked Wall Street and sparked federal scrutiny.
On Thursday, Garcetti ruled himself out of the race to succeed Boxer.
“Barbarism,” said retired NYPD Officer Jim Smith on Thursday.
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.
Houellebecq on Thursday announced that he is suspending promotion of the novel.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Angelina Jolie was able to seemingly glide into the Vatican on Thursday to present her new film ‘Unbroken.’Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A little boy aged two years and four months was deprived of a pencil from Thursday to Sunday for scribbling on the wall-paper.Children's Ways|James Sully
Their sin began on Holy Thursday, with so little secrecy and so bad an example, that the affair was beginning to leak out.
Although it was the second Thursday in the month she turned to the portion appointed for the first Wednesday.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
A still more signal triumph to American ingenuity was accorded on Thursday.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
But on the last Thursday of each month he was quite another man.