What does TGIF Mean?…It’s Driving me Crazy !
Work is one of life’s necessary evils, and is something that we have to do if we want to pay the bills or actually do some stuff that is fun. The drudgery of the standard Monday to Friday work week has brought about phrases and acronyms that seem to have been adopted for no other reason than to make that 5 days bearable. By the time Wednesday rolls around, we find that we are in “hump day,” signifying that we have reached the peak of the workday week and are heading for the downward slope that leads to the weekend. That pales in comparison to the day that is circled on everyone’s calendar, usually with the letters “TGIF” scrawled in bright red ink; Friday, but what does TGIF mean?
That cute little acronym stands for “Thank God It’s Friday,” and seems to signal a period of behavior that would normally be frowned upon. It starts with dressing in attire that would never normally be worn around the office, and as 5 o’clock rolls around, people’s standards seem to drop completely as workers ditch the reports they are working on and start discussing which bar they are going to hit first to get the weekend started. The employment of “casual Friday’s” in those workplaces seems to have created that way of thinking, and even management get in on the act, with normally straight-laced business executives donning Hawaiian shirts in favor of a suit and tie.
The TGIF moniker has now extended far beyond the confines of the office space and is actually now part of popular culture, so much so in fact, it has even been used in song and food. One of the locations that is often chosen by workers looking to start the weekend with a little food and drink fun is TGI FRiDAY’S (and yes, that spelling is correct), which is a chain of casual dining restaurants that try to lure folks in by selling the idea that every day is Friday in their establishments. The concept that they brought in back in the 60’s is now the model for many chain style casual restaurants, but you have to believe that they have succeeded in large part because people just love that day of the week.
There have also been countless songs written about that special day of the week, but perhaps none of them sum up the day as well as Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF). You don’t have to be a fan of the blue-haired songstress to be able to relate to the lyrics in the song. We have all had those Friday nights where we remember very little and become afraid to answer the phone for fear that it’s someone just itching to tell us what madness we go up to.
There is no doubt that Friday is the best day of the week, and it’s that time when weary workers from all over come together as a community of potential party goers that are ready to blow off some steam and yell, “Thank God It’s Friday.”
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