Many workers have heard the phrase hump day and may even have said “Happy hump day” to others.
It’s an idiom that has been the subject of many memes and gifs that have been shared social media.
An idiom is a sentence or phrase that has a figurative, not a literal, meaning associated with the sentence.
But what exactly does hump day mean, why is it a Wednesday and where does the expression come from?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Why is Wednesday called hump day?
The phrase is an idiom that refers to the fact that Wednesday is the middle of the typical work week.
For most people, the work week is five days between Monday and Friday.
Therefore, Wednesday, which is the third day of the week, is in the middle of the week with two days on either side.
The phrase represents the idea that a week can be visualized as a hill that a person climbs, with Wednesday typically being the middle or peak of the week.
The implication behind the sentence is that after Wednesday people can come down the other side of the hill and be excited for the weekend.
When people have a different work pattern outside of the typical Monday through Friday, they may refer to a day other than Wednesday as a hump day.
Where does the term hump day come from?
It is believed that Hump Day started in America and then made its way to Britain.
As with many idioms, no one is quite sure what the true origin of the phrase is.
When was the term hump day first used?
The phrase is rumored to have been first used in the 1950s or 1960s.
It was used in a 1975 song called Friday by American artist JJ Cale. The song refers to Wednesday as hump day several times and talks about getting over the hump and being halfway through the week.
How is the term hump day used?
Hump Day is often used in a friendly and positive way.
Colleagues often wish each Wednesday a “Happy Hump Day” in a light-hearted acknowledgment that they’re halfway through the workweek.
It is especially used when someone is having a hard time climbing a proverbial hill to get through the week.
People are often happy that today is hump day because they feel like after hump day it’s metaphorically downhill to the weekend, meaning it’s going to be quick and easy and something to look forward to.
Is hump day always on a Wednesday?
When the term came about, many people worked a six-day week and had only Sunday as their day off.
At this point Thursday would actually have been the hump day.
Also, some people believe that Thursday is the middle of the full seven-day week, which starts on Monday and ends on Sunday, and therefore, regardless of a person’s work schedule, Thursday is the true highlight of the week – with three days on each side .
But there are people who count the beginning of the week as Sunday, and so for them Wednesday is the middle of the full week, again independent of work.
What are some of the best hump day memes?
These are some of the best hump day memes.