Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Well, my dears, it's Tuesday again. Monday is over, which is excellent, and it's the day before Hump Day, which is even better.
Did you know that the Portuguese use numbers instead of pagan names and so their word for "Tuesday" is terça-feira, "the third day," Sunday being the first day of the liturgical week)?
Or that The Greek word for "Tuesday" is Triti, meaning "third," counting Tuesday as the third day of the week?
The Hebrew word for "Tuesday" is Yom Shlishi (יום שלישי) which translates to "third day," counting Tuesday as the third day of the week, and the Arabic word for "Tuesday" is yawm ath-thulaathaaʼ يوم الثلاثاء (Urdu, Mangl منگل) (Persian: Seh-Shanbeh, سه شنبه), meaning "third day," also counting Tuesday as the third day of the week.
But then we have the Russians whose word for "Tuesday" is vtórnik, which means "second." Those Russians just had to be different, counting Tuesday as the second day of the week. And there go the threes.
But the Quakers balance back the Feng Shui of the threes by referring to Tuesday as "Third Day" in an effort to negate the pagan origin of the English name "Tuesday." This has also been the custom in Iceland since about the 11th century when Jón Ögmundsson changed it to Þriðjudagur, meaning "Third Day."
Ergo, the universal consensus is that Tuesday is the third day of the week. Three is a lucky number; therefore, Tuesday should have a little of that luck rubbing off on it. Yes?
Have a marvelous (and lucky!) Tuesday.