"Gray Thursday" (Thanksgiving Day as shopping day)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Nov 23 02:42:25 UTC 2012

On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake wrote:
>> By the way, I know several of you (most notably John Baker and Barry
>> Popik) have also been interested in the origins of "Black Friday."  I
>> was pleased to see that *Business Week*, relying on Ben Zimmer's
>> excellent review last year of then-available "Black Friday" data, has
>> now joined others in accepting the term's true origins, even going as
>> far as explaining how retailers and PR folks worked to spin "Black
>> Friday" into something positive.
>> http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-20/the-branding-of-black-friday
>> With that, I think our work is done.
> Doing my part to get the word out:
> http://radioboston.wbur.org/2012/11/22/black-friday
> (The interview was also an opportunity to talk about the Hornism
> "etymythology.")
> This piece also links to my Word Routes column:
> http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/11/black-friday-a-history-of-violence.html

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