Black Friday

My inquisitive Greek partner was on the phone with his mother when he asked me, “Where did the name ‘Black Friday’ come from?” Eager to help, I ran to the computer, typed in “derivation of the name ‘Black Friday'” on Google and found a strange answer. Google’s explanation was that, while many associate Black Friday with the days of slavery, the real answer is that, since black is associated with positive financial news and red is associated with negative finances, “Black Friday” became the name for the days following Thanksgiving when stores count a huge number of shoppers in order to bring them into positive financial territory for the end of the year. Another explanation suggested that Black Friday was so named because people called in sick on the Friday after Thanksgiving, hoping thereby to buy for themselves a four-day weekend. It sounds to me that Black Friday is so named with many explanations as to the derivation but with no one knowing for sure. All I know is that on Black Friday I was able to purchase light bulbs for 80 cents each at Lowe’s and a wireless mouse for $8.99 at Staples.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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