Are you shopoholics? Did you take part in the shopping spree at the weekend? One of the busiest shopping weekends is almost over in the USA , the UK and many European countries.
The origins of ‘Black Friday’
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day and the Friday before Cyber Monday in the United States as well as in a few European countries. It is a busy shopping day and is a holiday in some states.
Many people have a day off work or choose to take a day from their quota of annual leave on Black Friday. Some people use this to make trips to see family members or friends who live in other areas or to go on vacation. Others use it to start shopping for the Christmas season.
Shopping for Christmas presents is also popular on Black Friday. Many stores have special offers and lower their prices on some goods, such as toys.
Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA. There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday.
- One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
- The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day.
Ways to say that you spend lavishly:
- to spend money like water
- to splash out
- to push the boat out
- to go on a shopping spree
- to go on a shopping binge