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Wednesdays

[ wenz-deyz, -deez ]
/ ˈwɛnz deɪz, -diz /
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adverb
on or during Wednesdays; every Wednesday.
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Origin of Wednesdays

see origin at Wednesday, -s1

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What does Wednesdays mean?

The word Wednesdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Wednesday or on Wednesdays, as in I work Wednesdays or The restaurant is closed Wednesdays. 

Wednesdays is of course also the plural of Wednesday, the name of the weekday between Tuesday and Thursday.

When it’s used as an adverb, Wednesdays describes when something happens or when an action is taken.

The singular form Wednesday can also be used as an adverb, as in We’re closed Wednesday or Do you work Wednesday?

Wednesdays (ending with an s) usually implies that the action or event is a regular occurrence, such as one that happens according to a schedule. For example, saying, “I work Wednesdays” means that you work every Wednesday. In contrast, saying, “I work on Wednesday” or “I work Wednesday” typically means that you are scheduled to work on the upcoming Wednesday.

Example: The shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Where does Wednesdays come from?

The first records of the word Wednesday come from before 950, but the use of Wednesdays as an adverb is first recorded in the 1200s. The suffix s is used to make it an adverb. It’s used this way in similar time-related words like sometimes and weekdays. You can add this –s suffix to other words to turn them into adverbs, including every other day of the week, as well as words like nights, as in I work nights. 

The word Wednesday itself 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).

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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As an adverb, Wednesdays is commonly used in discussion of when people work and when businesses will be open or closed.

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