Word of the Week: Tuesday

Tuesday is a noun and defined as the third day of the week. First used before the 12th century, Tuesday is one of the many words in the English language that has its roots in Norse mythology. 

Interestingly, the days of the week in the English language derive from Norse mythology, unlike the days of the week in the Romance Languages, which derive from Roman mythology. This divergence is often referred to as interpretatio germanica and describes how the Germanic peoples identified and adapted Roman gods with the names of Germanic deities. According to historians, this transition occurred when both cultures came into contact around the 1st century AD.

Tuesday derives from the Nordic god of war Týr. Týr is one of the oldest gods of the Germanic people and is mainly concerned with the formalities of war, treaties, and justice. In the Romance languages, the third day of the week derives from the Roman god of war Mars, and in Italian and Spanish the word for the third day of the week is martedì and martes, respectively. 

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“Tuesday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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