We all know what Black Friday is now: the day when people will trample their in-laws for a great deal on a flat panel TV.
But why “Black Friday” anyway? Why not Blowout Friday or So-Marked-Down-It’s-Practically-Free Friday?
Well, the term has a rather sicker origin than you might expect.
It seems a few decades ago most offices gave their employees Thanksgiving Day off — but required them to come back in and work the following day.
Seeing as how taking that ONE stuffing-stuffed day gave people a four day weekend to spend with their families, many people just called in sick.
In fact, so many fake-coughed their way to a bonus holiday, bosses began referring to the one-day pandemic as Black Friday.
Snopes.com was able to find an article from as far back as 1951 using the term in such a context:
“‘Friday-after-Thanksgiving-itis’ is a disease second only to the bubonic plague in its effects. At least that’s the feeling of those who have to get production out, when the “Black Friday” comes along. The shop may be half empty, but every absentee was sick ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and can prove it.”
We guess eventually some employers just got sick of the calling in and started giving everyone the day off.
Unless of course you work in retail.
Then you have to deal with the very real plague that is a zombie horde looking for 80% off Blu-Rays! LOLz!