Hijacking a phrase

The term “Black Friday” first referred to a financial crisis in Europe.  I grew up associating “Black Friday” (Thursday and Monday) with the 1929 stock market crash that was the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States.  Black implied that a dark cloud had cast its shadow over the nation’s economy.  I read that “Black Friday” in its current context began in Philadelphia in 1966.  It represents the day when merchants are in the black..when they begin making money.  It might more accurately be  called “Black Thursday and Friday”.   Such large retailers as Walmart and Target are opening tonight (Thursday) at 10.


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