I worked retail years ago. The general public didn't call today "Black Friday" then, that phrase was used behind the scenes by retail employees who were dreading their worst working day of the year. "Black Friday" was basically saying "we're doomed," it wasn't a HAPPY expression at all.

Later the marketing types got hold of the term, it began popping up in ads, and now the shopping hordes are all "yay Black Friday!"

It makes my retail-survivor heart sad every time an expression of pain coined by the overworked and underpaid is used to entice more shoppers.

@Rob_T_Firefly really! I always heard it was black Friday because of the expression "in the black" (as opposed to in the red).


@Mareepy That meaning was applied retroactively by some marketing department, in a move that should be going down in the psychological-manipulation history as INSIDIOUS AS FUCK, and it somehow managed to stick and override the genuine meaning in the public consciousness.

My gears: grinded. :flan_angry:

@Rob_T_Firefly for more good news, it's even invading countries that don't have Thanksgiving to make at least a slight excuse for the day of sales

@Rob_T_Firefly so you are at least 55 years old. says the “in the red” explanation is from 1981.

@txt_file Ha, I'm not that old! That's interesting to learn about the timeline, though, thank you. I can't say my own experience of the term in the 90s-00s matches, though it does make sense that it'd have been rattling around quietly in the upper echelons that way.

@Rob_T_Firefly when I worked at Best Buy in holiday 2006; we called it Green Friday with chuckles because it got our store out of the red and into the black.

Also I came in super late on Saturday because I wanted to quit but didn't and my coworkers celebrated that I "survived"

@Rob_T_Firefly related: Black Tuesday is the Wall Street Crash in 1929 setting off the Great Depression

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