Wednesday – Odin and Wodan's day
Wednesday is the day 3rd of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but some countries count it as the fourth day of the week.
The English, the word Wednesday is derived from Old English and literally, means “Wodan’s day”. The Germanic god Wodan is also known as Odin, the Norse allfather of the gods.
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”
3rd or 4th day of the Week
Wednesday is the 3rd day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. However, in the US, Canada, and Japan it's counted as the 4th day if the week.
It is also the middle day in the countries, including the US and Canada, where Sunday is considered the 1st and Saturday the last day of the 7-day week. This is why Wednesday is sometimes referred to as “hump day” in American English slang meaning that one has made it “over the hump” of the 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.
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