Black Friday

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in vocabulary, vocabulary development | 0 comments

It is so interesting to me how days get named.

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.  Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black”. -Wikipedia

The fact that our language, and in fact all language, is a growing and changing entity is so fascinating. I have reached an age where I can remember when some out-of-date words were in common use, like pocketbook, billfold, and drainboard. I’ve seen terms become moot like typewriter and record player. And, heaven knows, I seen many, many words, especially technology related, join our vocabulary.

Children don’t know, because of their limited personal history, that language grows and changes. It is a fun topic to explore! It is also fun to realize there is a “classroom vernacular” developing within your own classroom. Most every example in my classroom include Fred and his elephants. The kids come to expect it, and love it.

My Teachers Notebook shop is 25%  off today through Monday.  Plus TN will have 10% off everything Saturday through Monday.

The big Cyber Sale begins on Monday at Teachers Pay Teachers. My sale starts Sunday in case you want a head start!


I have also promised December Holiday Word of the Day cards. Here’s today’s card.


Enjoy your Black Friday!


Check out others store participating in the big Cyber Sale!

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