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Friday, November 28, 2008

Posted in 1 by cesco7 on November 28, 2008

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  1. Jamie said, on November 28, 2008 at 6:59 am

    That’s why I married a man who is willing to go do the Black Friday shopping for me : )

  2. Indigo said, on November 28, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Well played.

    An illustration of one of the reasons I don’t set foot in a store on Black Friday.

  3. Jennifer Pearson Boxrud said, on November 28, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I tried to do Black Friday once by myself. But I had a panic attack before the sun came up. I tried again the next year with a friend. But the zombies started chewing on our necks before we could get out of the Starbuck’s parking lot! The horror! The horror!

  4. Michael Ezra said, on November 28, 2008 at 10:45 am

    I’ve always wondered why the “Black Friday” name caught on. Sure, I understand that it means “black” as in the business slang “in the black.” But pairing it with a day of the week makes it sound like “Black Tuesday,” the 1929 stock market crash. Or like “Good Friday,” the saddest day of the Christian calendar.

  5. Piraro said, on November 28, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I was just discussing this same issue with fellow revelers yesterday at dinner. The really odd thing is that neither my wife nor I had ever heard the term “Black Friday” before this year. I’m 50, she’s 34. How long has this term been in common use? And why are we asking all these questions of Ces?

  6. Kyso K said, on November 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I was under the impression it had two sources – one being the day the big box stores hope to start going back into the black, and the second as a morbid joke among the employees who have to work that day. I guess at some point the joke percolated up to the advertising people, who are very edgy and awesome and so of course introduced the phrase to the rest of us.

  7. Nick Theodorakis said, on November 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Life imitates art: Surging shoppers kill New York Wal-Mart worker.

    Nick

  8. Jennifer Pearson Boxrud said, on November 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Seriously??? The zombies killed a Walmart guy??? :-o Omigod. Ces, be careful what you draw, dude. (Uhm…maybe do a cartoon of me winning the LOTTO? Or being stalked by a love-crazed BonJovi?)

  9. dimestore lipstick said, on November 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    What Kyso K said–a morbid joke among the employees who have to work that day.

    At least that’s the meaning I learned first, in my seven years at Wal-Mart.

  10. Risha said, on November 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Piraro, I have no idea how long it’s been in common usage, and are therefore completely useless to you. But I can add a random ancedote (“definition: not actually a fact”) that says that I’ve heard it used on the news since at least my childhood, a couple of decades ago.

  11. Jim said, on November 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Cecso, I had a question for you so I thought I’d post here in case it doesn’t reach you by e-mail. What do you think of the shows “South Park” and “Penn & Teller: Bullshit”? Thank you.


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