is the Mahometan Sabbath. It was the day on which Adam was
created and our Lord was crucified. The Sabeans consecrate it to Venus
or Astarte. (See Frea.)
Friday is Frig-daeg = dies Verneris, called in French
Vendredi, which means the same thing. It was regarded by the
Scandinavians as the luckiest day of the week. (See below, Friday, Unlucky.
Fairies and all the tribes of elves of every description,
according to mediæval romance, are converted into hideous animals on
Friday, and remain so till Monday. (See
the romance of Guerino Meschino,
Black.) Long Friday,
Good Friday, long being a
synonym of great. Thus Mrs. Quickly says, “'Tis a long loan for a poor
lone woman to bear” (2 Henry IV.
ii. 1), and the Scotch proverb, “Between you and the long day” —i.e.
judgment day. Good Friday in Danish is Langfiedag,
A man Friday. A faithful and submissive attendant, ready to
turn his hand to anything.
My man Friday.
The young savage found by Robinson Crusoe on a Friday, and kept as
his servant and companion on the desert island.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894