Don't you just love the weekend? That beautiful, sanity-saving time from Friday night until we wake up for work or school on Monday. It's lovely. It's brilliant. It's necessary.
Yet really, it's kind of new!
The word "weekend" dates back to the 1600s, but it meant, literally, the end of the week--as in, from after church on Sunday until Monday morning. Which was the only time most people took off from their labors back then. According to etymonline.com, it took on "general" meaning in 1878. But I've looked this up for a story so happen to know that at that point "general" just mean all of Sunday. Folks didn't yet consider Saturday part of the weekend.
In Downton Abbey (circa 1912) Matthew Crawley says, "And of course we always have the weekends." To which the dowager Lady Crawley says, aghast, "Whatever is a weekend?" This is a pretty good demonstration of the time, LOL. By the early 20th century, there was more of a traditional weekend--by which I mean, professional businesses closed after half a day on Saturday, and schools had a 5-day week, I believe. But those in lower class jobs would still have only gotten one day off. It wasn't until the mid-20th century that it took on a two-day meaning for everyone.
And as an adjective meaning "on the weekends only" (a weekend retreat, for instance, or a weekend read), dates from 1935.
To change the subject, today the Colonial Quills are celebrating our 1 year anniversary! And of course, we're celebrating in style, and with some fun giveaways. Please join us in raising a glass (of chocolate, LOL) to our contributors and celebrating their accomplishments this year!