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Humpday

noun; compounding
An alternative name for Wednesday, the halfway-mark of the standard work week for students.
 
This word is a compound of "hump" and "day". "Hump" has a metaphorical meaning of an obstacle that needs to be overcome in order to proceed, from the original literal meaning of a protrusion or physical obstacle. In this case, the day itself is the obstacle; Wednesday marks the middle of a student's work week, and is typically a busy day. After a student overcomes "Humpday", the remaining two days of the week typically have a relatively lighter workload.
Etymology : Compound of "hump" and "day". Hump: from Dutch "homp", from Middle Low German "hump", meaning bump. Day: from Old English "daeg", from Proto-Germanic "dagaz" meaning day.
Source : "We just need to make it through Humpday and we'll be done with the week." Conversation with other Rice University students. Etymology from Etymonline.
Last modified: 26 November 2013


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