Wednesday

Wednesday is the day of the week that is between Tuesday and Thursday. It is the third day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601.

Naming Wednesday - Woden’s Day

The English word Wednesday is derived from the Old English and literally means “Woden’s day” the Germanic god Wodan who is also known as Odin, the Norse god. In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Mercury.

Position in the Week

Wednesday is the third day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. It is in the middle of the common 5-day work week that starts on Monday and ends on Friday. It is also the middle day in the seven day week that starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.  

Significance in Culture

Wednesday is sometimes referred to as “hump day” in American English slang meaning that one has made it “over the hump” of the work week. 

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian tradition. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes Wednesdays as a fast day throughout the year to commemorate the betrayal of Jesus.

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