Orphan Workday (was Monday, July 3); "Reversal of Fortune" in hot dog eating

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jul 5 12:42:06 UTC 2006

At 12:02 AM -0400 7/5/06, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>An "orphan workday" occurred yesterday, Monday, July 3rd. Today, Tuesday,
>July 4th, was a holiday.
>Does this means that only orphans worked yesterday?
>_Monday becomes  orphan workday for some - US Business - MSNBC.com_
>(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13643124/)      With the July Fourth
>holiday falling on
>Tuesday  this year, Monday will be an orphan workday for many people
>who  can't
>take the day off.

Curiously, it doesn't appear that when the Fourth of July (or
Christmas, or whatever) falls on a Thursday or when employers require
employees to show up at work on the day after Thanksgiving, the
Friday in question is ever called a "widow workday".

orphan workday 706,000 g-hits
widow workday           0 g-hits


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