Perhaps because I’ve never worked in retail, I have never – until this year, for some reason – heard today (the Friday after Thanksgiving, for those of you reading this in outer space via interstellar brainbeam) referred to as “Black Friday.”
Now that I have, I will remember never to use the phrase ever again. No one (at least not at Wikipedia…and we all know Wikipedia collectively knows everything) has a clear idea why it’s called that, and it seems to have sprung up as some sort of retailers’ conspiracy, just to give the day a catchy name. More marketing, in other words.
In other news: “Sweetest Day” is not real; there is no such tradition that wedding rings are “supposed” to cost two months’ salary. Hrmph.
Addendum: in researching the term, I found at least five different websites all claiming to be the “official” site for the day. Which reminds me to add “official” to my list of words that mean approximately one of George W. Bush’s brain cells more than absolutely nothing.