From Middle English “Wednes dei.”
Which comes from the Old English “Wodnes daeg.”
Which is like the Old Norse “Othinsdagr.”
Otherwise known as “Woden’s day.”
According to Trusty Webster.
This explains the letter “d” in Wednesday.
In case anyone was wondering.
Present-day proper pronunciation is “Wenz-day.”
But some of us say “WINS-day.”
And some just call it “Hump Day.”
That’s because it’s in the middle of the work week.
Once you’re over the hump, it’s not long till Friday.
Somebody who lives for the weekends told me that.
Too bad they miss out on Wednesday.
Woden held sway as chief deity in Germanic Mythology.
He’s identified with chief deity, Odin, from Norse Mythology.
Aka god of art, culture, war, and the dead.
Which just about covers it.
No wonder there’s a day named for him.
No celebrity nowadays can hold a candle to that.
Or any Machiavellian types.
But that’s just the half of it.
Wednesday is connected to the Roman god, Mercury.
In Latin, “dies Mercurii” means “day of Mercury.”
And Romans interpreted Woden to be the Germanic Mercury.
Thus, and therefore, and for what it’s worth, the Romance languages reflect this.
French for Wednesday is “mercredi.”
In Spanish it’s “miercoles.”
“Mercoledi” in Italian.
The astrological sign of the planet Mercury represents Wednesday.
In Japan, they call Wednesday “sui youbi” which means “water day.”
It’s associated with “suisei” (the planet Mercury).
Which literally means “water star.”
Wednesday carries great meaning in religions around the world.
From being the day the sun and moon were created (according to the Hebrew Bible) to the Eastern Orthodox Church’s observance as the day Christ was betrayed.
Probably one of the most familiar is Ash Wednesday.
And in America, many Catholic and Protestant churches hold study groups or prayer meetings on Wednesday.
It’s also the day Mason County News hits the streets.
Week after week after week.
For more than 100 years.
More than just a hump.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.