I don't care if Monday's blue....
June 3, 2006 9:34 AM   Subscribe

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child that works hard on the Sabbath Day,
is blithe and bonny, good and gay.
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel (12 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It will be a cold day in Hell before I work on the Sabbath. And good job on pre-empting the obvious reference in the title. :)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:38 AM on June 3, 2006

I've always heard it as "The child that is born on the Sabbath day." You know, to fit with the rest of the poem.

I just finished American Gods, so this should be fun.
posted by Zozo at 9:51 AM on June 3, 2006

Sabbath child's got nothing on good and gay.
posted by Nelson at 10:07 AM on June 3, 2006

Great post... the names of the weekdays have always fascinated me. They're neat in Japanese, too -- when Japan westernized, they took the "names of the planets" scheme and adapted it for their own. Oddly, there used to be numerical Japanese names for the days of the week, and descriptive names for the months, but that has changed. Now, Japan uses numerical names for the months, and descriptive names for the days of the week.
posted by vorfeed at 10:16 AM on June 3, 2006

Interesting, charming and beautifully created post. What a treat. Thank you mustcatchmooseandsquirrel.
posted by nickyskye at 10:31 AM on June 3, 2006

I work hard for the money.
So hard for it honey.

Damn. Why can't I be good and gay?
posted by ereshkigal45 at 11:51 AM on June 3, 2006

I wonder if this poem is why Wednesday Addams was so named?
posted by wildilocks at 12:20 PM on June 3, 2006

From the Wikipedia: "In Addams's original cartoons, the characters were not named. When the television show was developed, Addams was asked to contribute names, and all of his suggestions were used except for Pubert, who was renamed Pugsley."


"Wednesday, whose middle name is Friday, was originally—as her name suggests—a quiet, somewhat pathetic child, full of woe."
posted by fuckwit at 12:59 PM on June 3, 2006

Seven days of the week made to chose from, but only one is right for me.
posted by mds35 at 12:59 PM on June 3, 2006

Yeah, that was a typo, right? About working hard on the Sabbath Day?

I also have always heard it as "born" there, and it would seem counter-intuitive otherwise. Whichever day you define as the sabbath, a large part of the point of it is that it's for not working.

Clarification or additional documentation, please.

Also: Please do not use more than one Wikipedia link per FPP unless absolutely necessary.
posted by soyjoy at 8:28 PM on June 3, 2006

I don't know if "more than one" is a huge problem. but "less than 7" would be nice.

but don't take that the wrong way. this is a well crafted and worthy fpp otherwise.
posted by shmegegge at 10:27 PM on June 3, 2006

odd. but, enjoyable.
posted by shoepal at 11:25 PM on June 3, 2006

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