Can you guess what day actress Tuesday Weld was born on? Yes, you guessed it, Friday. Yes, Friday. But ‘Friday’ isn’t a very catchy name for a child, is it? It might make no sense, but consider this – if you conceived your child in a car, and you wanted to name your child after that car (something that happens a lot), you would name your child Ferrari. You wouldn’t name her Ford Pickup, would you? You know what, actually, don’t name your child after where they were conceived. That’s my advice. “Hello, my name is Alley Behind a Cinema…”
As you’ve probably figured out, Tuesday Weld was actually born under a different name, Susan Weld. She legally changed her name to ‘Tuesday’ in 1959, an ‘expanded’ form of Tu-Tu, the name her young cousin gave her because she couldn’t pronounce ‘Susan’.
So, Tuesday. The second day of the week. It was named after the Middle English word ‘Tewesday’ or ‘Tiw’s Day’. Tiw was the God of combat, heroic glory and victory in Norse mythology, commonly associated with the God Mars. Hence why ‘Tuesday’ is named ‘dies Martis’ in Latin, or the ‘day of Mars’, ‘Martes’ in Spanish, ‘Martedi’ in Italian and ‘Mardi’ in French. If Mardi sounds familiar to you, what day does Mardi Gras fall on, again? Exactly. Shrove Tuesday.
We often associate Friday and 13 with misfortune, but in the Greek and Spanish speaking worlds, the unlucky day is Tuesday the 13th, because Tuesday was the day of the Fall of Constantinople. But Tuesday is considered a lucky day in Judaism, because in the first chapter of Genesis, the paragraph about this day contains the phrase ‘it was good’ twice. A bit of a stretch to call it a lucky day because of that, no? Might just be me on that point.
Tuesday is the most productive day of the working week (Friday, predictably, is the least productive). It’s thought that on a Monday, you have all the meetings and on Tuesday, you start to act on them. All fresh and dandy. But by Friday, you’re worn out. This may be why we have Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month when Microsoft releases patches for their products. Yes, somebody actually named this day. I bet the guy who came up with that name is a bag of fun.
And I’m sure we’ve all heard the song ‘Monday’s Child’. On Monday, the child is full of face. No, I have no idea what that means either. Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Thursday’s child is a lazy sod and has far to go (I was born on this day). Friday’s child is a workaholic and will not take a damn break. Saturday’s child is loving and giving. As for Tuesday’s child? Full of grace. How lovely, eh? Incidentally, the child born on the Sabbath day is bonnie and blithe and good and gay. Look, it was written in 1838, some of those words haven’t stood the test of time very well. It happens…
Tuesday is often thought of as a very boring day. Wednesday is depressing and Friday drags. You spend most of Monday asleep. Thursday is exciting because that means there’s only one day to the weekend. But Tuesday? It’s a funny old day. It’s just ‘there’. Boring and dull old Tuesday. But I like Tuesday. Its name comes from an interesting place. Good things happen on Tuesdays. It’s productive. And full of grace. I think Tuesday gets a bad rap. But it deserves better. I love Tuesday!
But do you like Tuesday, readers?
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