Why is it Called Black Friday?—A Guest Post by Rube
Greetings friends. This is Thanksgiving week so I’m posting this a couple of days early. Rube is back today with another of what I think is his sage observations, so without further ado, here is Rube.
Howdy folks. Have ya ever wondered about this here so-called Black Friday that is a comin’ up the day after Thanksgivin’ Day? What I’m a wonderin’ is, how did it ever become to be called Black Friday, when all through the ages black has been associated with dark and dire things. Fer instant, death, fer one. People takes they last ride in a black hearse. Then their is the Black Widder spider. She ain’t associated with anythin’ bright neither. In fact she is considered to be quite dangerous. Most of the scary movies have a lot of scenes in the dark black shadows of night.
Now I knows this Black Friday is supposed to be associated with happy times; a day when the merchants is supposed ta make up their losses and end the year with a profit which takin’ the bidness outa the red and into the black, but it looks like to me they could’ve come up with a better term fer it than Black Friday. I reckon as how ever day that I can remember that there was a bad fall in the stock market which caused a lot o’ misery fer a lot of people, was called a black day.
Fer instant, the beginning of the 1929 stock market crash was on Thursday, October 24. They called that Black Thursday. Then five days later on October 29th, the biggie came that caused the big crash that led into the Great Depression. They called that Black Tuesday. Then they was October 19th, 1987, when there was another big fall in the stock market. That was on a Monday, and they called that Black Monday.
An’ then most recently in 2008, there was eight days of negative tradin’ from October 1st to October 10 which caused another big crash. That mighta appropriately been called Black October. Have ya noticed, also, that these major crashes all took place in October? I wonder why that is.
So I’m a askin’ ya folks, how in heaven’s name did this here shoppin’ day after Thanksgivin’ git to be called Black Friday when they is expectin’ that day to pull them out o’ the doldrums of a bad year? I’m a thinkin’ as how a brighter term fer that day might be Green Friday? After all, green is associated with money, and that day is the day the merchants is a hopin’ will perduce a whole lot of green in their registers. It just don’t make no sense to me to call it Black Friday. I woulda thought they’d a called it Black Friday if’n it was a slow shoppin’ day.
Well, I’ve said my little piece. Have yerselves a Happy Thanksgivin’ and I’ll see ya nex time. —Rube
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