Dictionary Corner – Hump Day

There are so many words to learn, understand and discover as well as some interesting new phrases that have cropped up over the years.

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For example: What on earth does Hump Day mean?

I guess a Camel would be happy to celebrate Hump Day on any day of the week!
I guess a Camel would be happy to celebrate Hump Day on any day of the week!

Does it mean – Grab your camels by the hump? Is Quasimodo in town and which day? What is going on with this hump? I see this phrase on forums and it seems to pop up more and more in general chats!

Hump Day actually refers to the middle of the week, and specifically, Wednesday. It has become a popular phrase, implying that you have to get “over the hump” before you can anticipate the weekend.

So next time it’s the middle of the week, see if you can drop the phrase somewhere in the conversation and see what reaction you get. At least if they look at you with a puzzled face, you can wow them with your new found knowledge or just direct them here to get the lowdown 🙂

To help you get the most of your Hump Day why not check out my regular Wisdom Wednesday articles – the posts that speak for themselves.


8 thoughts on “Dictionary Corner – Hump Day”

    • Ha ha – I know what you mean. When I first saw it I thought a similar thing until I did a bit of research and it was the ‘aha’ moment. Interesting how language evolves and what it means in different countries and cultures too.

  1. Thanks for explaining that. I love phrases like that. I use many local ones in normal conversation that you just can’t find online. I’m not even sure how to spell some of them.

  2. In our mob, when things aren’t going your way and you feel yourself getting a dose of the you know whats, we just say to everyone, ‘I’ve got the hump’. They all know to leave you alone till you are over the hump. Happens any day of the week too, not just Wednesday.


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