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.
- Middle English – wodnesday or wednesday or wednesdai
- Old English – wōdnesdæg – Woden’s day
- Latin – dies Mercurii – “Day of Mercury”
- Ancient Greek – hemera Hermu – “day of Hermes”
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.