Word of the Week: Saturday

Saturday is a noun and defined as the seventh day of the week. First used before the 12th century, Saturday is one of the many words in the English language that has its roots in….surprise! Roman mythology. 

Interestingly, the days of the week in the English language derived 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 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. However, why did Saturday stay rooted in Roman tradition? It is thought that Saturday is one of the many words that was incorporated into the English language during the occupation of England by Roman forces from 55 BC until 410 AD.

Saturday derives from the Roman god of agriculture Saturn. In the Romance languages the seventh day of the week also derives from the Roman god of agriculture Saturn. In Italian and Spanish, both modern day Romance languages, the word for the seventh day of the week is sabato and sábado, respectively.

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Sources 
https://www.etymonline.com/word/saturday

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