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Hump Day

Posted by Paul G on July 04, 2001

In Reply to: Hump Day posted by TM on July 04, 2001

: Does anyone know when Hump Day phrase began?

: Around 1996 I was talking with a sales rep from a Dental company. It was Weds. I told him I call weds "Hump Day." He said,"Why is that?" Because tues is just another Monday, Thurs is so close to Friday it's just another Friday, but once the workday is done on Weds, you're over the hump. Now I'm hearing it everywhere ... especially on radio stations.

: When I mentioned this to my brother-in-law this evening, he fairly much said I was full of crap, that the phrase "hump day" to describe Weds has been around since the 40's.
: Can anyone shed any light on this?

Not to say that you did not independantly come up with it, but here's a reference to hump day being used in a song lyric by J.J. Cale (song is called 'Friday'), dated 1979.

"Wednesday's hump day, hump day's Wednesday
Over the hump, the week's half-gone
If I had my pay on Wednesday I'd hang out, the hump day's gone"

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