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Cyber Monday

noun; compounding
The rush of online ordering of gifts for the holiday season. In this compound, Monday’s meaning has been narrowed from it’s typical meaning by the word Cyber. Though the words, on the surface don’t really indicate what they’re referring to, once a listener knows what they refer to, the connection is clear. Cyber has undergone a narrowing in that it, in the ‘cyber Monday’ context, it does not refer to computers as a whole but rather a very specific interaction carried out thereon. This compound was created to parallel Black Friday, where ‘brick-and-mortar’ stores “get back in the black” of accounting books. It is notable that this compound does not perfectly parallel Black Friday; the name, rather than describing the result, describes the type of businesses affected. This specification is necessary though because it would otherwise be unclear what businesses were affected, greatly reducing the word’s usefulness.
 
”Online retailers are anxiously awaiting Cyber Monday”
Etymology : Cyber (Computer, online) + Monday (First day in week following Thanksgiving holiday)
Source : newscast on Houston news station
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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