Hump Day: Almost, but not yet the Weekend

Today is Wednesday and the middle of the week, aka Hump Day. So to use an analogy, if the week was a hill one was climbing, then Wednesday was the peak of the hill, and so the hump of the week. Once this day has been conquered, the hardest part of the week is over and it’s relatively smooth sailing from then. The weekend is also just a couple of days away and it’s closer at the end of Wednesday than it was on Tuesday or Monday.

Wednesday or the middle of the week can also be associated with a lack of ambition or motivation, but once the hump of Wednesday is conquered, it’s an easy path to the weekend, so it’s no wonder people get excited. The day first came to be known as hump day since at least the 1950s.

Hump day rose to particular prominence in September, 2013 thanks to a popular commercial by the insurance company GEICO. In the commercial, a talking camel named Caleb walks through generic office cubicles asking his coworkers if they know what day it is. They roll their eyes, giving the impression that the camel does this every week. One of the office workers reluctantly answers him, to his delight: “It’s hump day.” Two men with guitars then explain that people who switch to GEICO insurance are “happier than a camel on Wednesday.” This commercial was the seventh most viewed on YouTube in 2013. The gag, of course, relies on a pun on the word hump, which Wednesdays metaphorically share with camel physiology.

So have a wonderful mid-week and may your week end just as strong as it started!

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