TGIF: Etymology is sexy

I’m off to the NJ Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism, (over 550 people are expected to attend) so my blog will be quick and concise, using one rather than two words, whenever possible. 🙂

I’m an etymology nut. Discovering the root of a word and how it came to be, is so sexy! I know, I need to get out more.

Take, TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday) for example. It is a popular saying. But where did it first catch fire? Probably around 1978 and the catalyst was a movie, by the same name.

Donna Summer, (may she RIP) burst on the scene in a minor role, but with a big song, “Last Dance.”

Now mind you, I was a disco baby!

When Saturday Night Fever, came out with John Travolta strutting down the street, I was too through! I loved the music of the Bee Gees, (RIP Robin and Maurice) Kool and the Gang,the Commodores, (although not really considered a part of the disco era, they had great songs during that time) and Tavares.




Here’s the origin of Friday, according to Wikipedia:

“The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the “day of Frigg”, a result of an old convention equivocating the Old English goddess Frige with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures.”

Hmmm …I wonder if the euphemism. “friggin’ …., has any affiliation to the “day of Frigg.” (Note to self, research that. Could be useful in the next book.)

Anyway, there’s much more that talks about the origin of the word Friday in the Greek, Romance languages, Arabic and Indian. (Thank goodness for Wikipedia or else I’d have to thumb through the encyclopedia.) Very interesting read.

Since it’s Friday, I thought I would end with Donna Summer’s 1978 performance of “Last Dance.” (The things you can find on YouTube! Love it!)

Have a great weekend, everyone. Keep writing, revising, painting, pushing the shutter, sculpting and doing whatever is your passion. See you Monday.