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Origin of Wednesday
Words nearby Wednesday
BEHIND THE WORD
What does Wednesday mean?
Wednesday is the weekday between Tuesday and Thursday.
In much of North and South America, where most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, Wednesday is the fourth day of the week. (In other places, where the week is considered to begin on Saturday or Monday, Wednesday is the fifth or third day of the week.)
Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Wednesday is considered the third day of the workweek, the five-day span from Monday to Friday during which many people work (with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend).
Because Wednesday falls directly in the middle of the workweek (around what is called midweek), with two days on either side, it is sometimes informally referred to as hump day. This is a humorous way of expressing the idea that it is the day on which everyone makes it “over the hump,” as if the workweek were a hill with Wednesday as the point after which everything starts to be “downhill” toward the weekend.
The word Wednesdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Wednesday or on Wednesdays, as in I work Wednesdays or The shop is closed Wednesdays.
To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Wednesday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, and Wednesday night.
Example: I’m glad it’s finally Wednesday and the workweek is halfway over, but that means we still have two days to go.
Where does Wednesday come from?
The first records of the word Wednesday come from before 950. It comes from the Middle English Wednesdai, from the Old English Wōdnesdæg, meaning “Woden‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term Mercuriī diēs, meaning “Mercury’s day.” In Old English, the Roman god Mercury was subbed out in favor of Woden, the chief god of Anglo-Saxon mythology (equivalent to the Norse god Odin).
Wednesday 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. Thursday is named for Thor, hammer-wielding god of thunder (and son of Odin). 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.
In pop culture, Wednesday is known as the name of the character Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family series of shows and movies.
If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Wednesday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.
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What are some other forms related to Wednesday?
- Wednesdays (plural noun, adverb)
- Wed (abbreviation)
- Wed. (abbreviation)
- Weds (abbreviation)
- Weds. (abbreviation)
What are some synonyms for Wednesday?
- hump day (slang)
What are some words that share a root or word element with Wednesday?
What are some words that often get used in discussing Wednesday?
How is Wednesday used in real life?
Wednesday is especially associated with its position in the middle of the workweek, meaning it is often seen as a hopeful halfway point to the weekend.
Wednesday!! Halfway to the weekend! I can see Friday from here!
— Zay Keyz (@keyz_zay) January 13, 2021
just your midweek reminder to check (even double triple check) who’s in that group chat before hitting send … happy wednesday
— gabby (@gabbazaba) January 13, 2021
Why does this week feel like it’s takin a month to get to Wednesday
— kaylaGracie🧸 (@kayla_ramos_) August 26, 2020
Try using Wednesday!
Which mythological figure is Wednesday named for?
How to use Wednesday in a sentence
On Wednesday, leaders of the National Urban League, NAACP, and National Action Network, were among those taking part in a virtual press conference urging Congress to pass the bill.Rep. Karen Bass Reintroduces George Floyd Policing Bill in Congress|Shani Parrish|February 26, 2021|Essence.com
Through Wednesday’s games, only the Warriors, Jazz, Trail Blazers and Clippers sport better five-man units among those to play at least 100 minutes, providing further validation of Kings hoops trending in the right direction.De’Aaron Fox Isn’t An All-Star, But He’s Taken The Leap|James L. Jackson|February 25, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The family behind Marriott hotels has gifted $20 million to Howard University to create a hospitality leadership center, officials said Wednesday.Marriott family donates $20 million to Howard University for hospitality leadership center|Lauren Lumpkin|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The effort, said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher during the county’s Wednesday press conference, should lead to safe reopening of schools, which San Diego Unified set for April 12.
Nearly 45 million Americans have received at least one shot of the two-dose regimen as of Wednesday, according to Washington Post data.‘It’s Up to You’: Ad campaign to encourage coronavirus vaccination gets underway|Dan Diamond|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.
But by Wednesday evening there was little in the way of organized protests or random unrest in the area.
And it was sad, very sad, to be with Mister Ham Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, U.S. warplanes targeted a car he was traveling in on the eastern side of the city.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was Wednesday night; over forty men sat down to the house-dinner at the Pandemonium Club.
Although it was the second Thursday in the month she turned to the portion appointed for the first Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. G—— request the favor of Mr. and Mrs. L——'s company to dinner, on Wednesday, March 8th, at —— o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard's compliments to Mrs. Garret, and accept with pleasure her kind invitation for Wednesday.
It seems that Wednesday is her birthday, and nothing will serve her but to eat her dinner in the old Roman camp.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge