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Origin of Tuesday
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What does Tuesday mean?
Tuesday is the weekday between Monday and Wednesday.
In much of North and South America, where most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, Tuesday is the third day of the week. (In other places, where the week is considered to begin on Saturday or Monday, Tuesday is the fourth or second day of the week.)
Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Tuesday is considered the second day of the workweek, the five-day span from Monday to Friday during which many people work (with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend).
The word Tuesdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Tuesday or on Tuesdays, as in I work Tuesdays or Some restaurants are closed Mondays.
To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Tuesday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, and Tuesday night.
Example: People hate Monday, but for me, the worst day of the week is Tuesday—it’s still days away from Friday without any of that recent weekend glow.
Where does Tuesday come from?
The first records of the word Tuesday come from before 1050. It comes from the Middle English tewesday, from the Old English Tīwes daeg, meaning “Tiu‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term diēs Mārtis, meaning “Mars’s day.” In Old English, the Roman god of war Mars was subbed out in favor of Tiu, the war god of Anglo-Saxon mythology (equivalent to the Norse god Tyr).
Tuesday is just one of the days of the week named after a mythological figure. Wednesday derives its name from Woden, chief god of Anglo-Saxon mythology (equivalent to the Norse Odin). Thursday is named for Thor, hammer-wielding god of thunder. Friday is thought to be named for love goddess Freya or chief goddess Frigg, wife of Odin. Saturday’s name comes from Saturn, Roman god of agriculture.
Tuesday is usually thought to be much less exciting than you might expect it to be for a day named after a god of war. Except of course for the most anticipated of all days: Taco Tuesday.
In years of U.S. presidential elections, many states hold the primary vote on the same day in March (or sometimes February), known as Super Tuesday.
In U.S. history, Tuesday, October 29, 1929, is known as Black Tuesday, the day of a stock market crash that is often thought of as the start of the Great Depression.
If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Tuesday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.
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What are some other forms related to Tuesday?
- Tuesdays (plural noun, adverb)
- Tues (abbreviation)
- Tues. (abbreviation)
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How is Tuesday used in real life?
People famously hate Mondays and love Fridays, but Tuesday doesn’t have such strong associations. It’s often considered a bit dull, except when it’s a Taco Tuesday.
It's Tuesday people…. Taco Tuesday….. This is everything we've been preparing for 🍴
— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) April 28, 2015
Woke up thinking it was Tuesday. Pleasantly thrilled to realize it’s Thursday! Let’s gooooo Friday-Eve 🥸
— Marissa Brown (@MarissaJohanne) January 14, 2021
Statistically speaking Tuesday is the most boring day of the week. But we have the metal and Yorkshire tea 🤙🤙🤙🤘🤘🤘💯💯💯
— patrick dyde (@patrickdyde) December 8, 2020
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Better weather should try to return later Monday and into Tuesday on a more full-time basis.D.C.-area forecast: Clouds increase today, with rain odds up starting tonight|A. Camden Walker|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
A host of factors could be driving GameStop’s rise — which has been building since Tuesday and includes a more than 100 percent jump on Wednesday — said Ed Moya, a senior market analyst at OANDA.GameStop, other ‘meme’ stocks surge again|Hannah Denham|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
School system officials and advocates had testified earlier during Tuesday’s state board meeting.Standardized tests are a go, but Maryland scales them back amid pandemic|Donna St. George|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The temporary increase, approved Tuesday in a 4-to-1 vote, will go into effect Friday for some grocery and drug retail stores in unincorporated parts of the county, a 120-day pay bump that county officials say will benefit about 2,000 workers.Nation’s most populous county mandates extra $5 in pandemic ‘hero pay’ for some grocery workers|Paulina Firozi|February 24, 2021|Washington Post
Tuesday night’s Zoom was their last-ditch effort, although the deadline for the party to request a state-run primary passed earlier that day.Liberty University surprised by Virginia GOP plans for drive-in convention on campus|Laura Vozzella|February 24, 2021|Washington Post
Reached Tuesday, a Sitrick Co. rep confirmed they parted ways with Epstein in April 2011.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So far, just four members, including Gohmert and Yoho, have announced they will oppose Boehner on Tuesday.
But this year, instead of simply voting against Boehner on Tuesday, at least two members of the group are vying to replace him.
He and his wife seated themselves at table one Tuesday evening, a few weeks after their return from Grand Isle.
Mrs. Pontellier did not wear her usual Tuesday reception gown; she was in ordinary house dress.
It was the day for her afternoon with Mrs. Towne; it had chanced that she had given to her every Tuesday afternoon.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
But in the night, betwixt Monday and Tuesday, he had cramps, and dreamt the devils were pulling him by the feet.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche|Anatole France
All delays are at an end—Tuesday—to-morrow the final warrant will be signed; Friday next, you may salute the Royal paw.