Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

What is this Black Friday all about? Being the biggest retail day of the year, you would think they would call it "Happy Friday", or "Let's Celebrate Keeping Us Out of Bankruptcy Friday". The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are  "In the Black." I still don't think it's a great idea. How about "Gay Friday," or "Thank God it's Friday," although that's not totally original. Whatever you want to call it, I ain't about to be involved in it. December 26th is good enough for me.

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