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Guy/Girl Friday

Posted by Bruce Kahl on February 17, 2000

In Reply to: Guy/Girl Friday posted by Frankie on February 17, 2000

: A modern day expression? This is usually seen in the claasified ads under "help wanted". What are they looking for. Is it an all around office helper?
: Why Friday?

From Daniel Defoe's novel entitled "Robinson Crusoe":

"In a little time I began to speak to him, and teach him to speak to me; and,first,I made him know his name should be Friday, which was the day
I saved his life."

A guy or girl friday is, as you mentioned, an all around office helper just as Friday was Robinson's helper and guide in the novel.