Wednesday – Hump Day

Posted in Mixed Nuts on August 5th, 2009 by MadDog
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It’s pretty easy to see that I’m hard up for ideas when I start writing about the day of the week. Yesterday it was Ruby Tuesday. Today it’s Wednesday. The nickname for Wodan’s Day (the old, pre-7th century Anglo-Saxon god) is, of course, Hump Day. If you take Sunday as the first day of the week (and buck the current trend to change calendars so that Monday takes its place), then Wednesday falls more or less in the middle. Therefore, when you punch out on Wednesday afternoon, you’re “over the hump”.

I’ve long noted that there are two subtly different ways to pronounce the day. According to Wiktionary, they are:  /ˈwɛdnzdeɪ/ for the UK and /ˈwɛnzdeɪ/ for the US of A. They give another one, /ˈwɛnzdi/, which is more like my in-laws from mid-Illinois pronounce it. Of course, they also ask, “Duh yuh wanna so-dee?” when offering a carbonated soft-drink. Personally, I’ve always pronounced it the UK way, with the little “d” catch before the “n”. It’s probably just because I’m pretentious by nature. Some people dislike me for that, and I can hardly blame them.

As soon as I got up this morning, Wodan’s Day was greeting me thus:

Magenta Reflections

Not too shabby for a Wednesday. It was still quite dark to the naked eye, but a 15 second exposure through a neutral density filter stacked (hand-held, because I have no place to screw on a filter) with a polarising filter gave me just what I wanted:  rich saturated colours and glassy water from the long exposure. Sweet!

I’m a kind of “the glass is half empty” guy, so Wednesday doesn’t ring my bell. I still figure I have two days left until Saturday, so playtime is a long way off.

Purple and Pink Sky

Oh, man, I nearly forgot to mention that according to the International Organisation for Standardisation, Wednesday is officially the third day of the week. See ISO 8601 if you doubt my ability to count.

I zoomed a bit for this one taken just a few seconds later with a slightly shorter exposure time:

Blue Sunrise

Those contrary Quakers refuse to call it Wednesday, because of the pagan origin of the name. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems a little unfair to Wednesday to just toss it aside, calling it “the forth day”. Hey, practically all of the day and month names have pagan origins. Why pick on Wednesday?

I got this shot a few minutes later. the big white cloud caught my eye:

Dragon Cloud

I see a big, fat, fluffy dog with a long snout and a short lower jaw. He has two big ears that are sticking up as if he’s running and they are flopping around. I can see his eyes. It looks like he might be wearing those stylish, skinny sunglasses.

Or, it could be a dragon. Do you see it?

UPDATE:  I though it would be fun to give you the Tok Pisin  days of the week:  Sande  (same, just pronounced a little different, like sahn-day), Mande  (mahn-day), Tunde  (pronounced like tune-day and has a double meaning of the second day [two(n)-day]), Trinde  (say treen-day for the third day of the week), Fonday  (obviously the forth day, fohn-day), Fraide  (like fry-day, again, just copying with a little twist of pronunciation), and Sarere  (like sah-ray-ray, again, a corruption of pronunciation).

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