Unknown Facts About Monday: Imagine today is Saturday (maybe that’s actually the case, then you can sit back in a relaxed mood and let yourself be surprised): Which day of the week are you definitely not looking forward to? Right, for Monday! Reason enough to get to the bottom of this legendary day. What is this day about? Has it always been the beginning of the week? What are the facts for the first day of the week? And for which myths are there scientific explanations? You can read all of that here for the next 7 minutes.
Why is Monday actually called Monday?
In our culture, we owe the names of the days of the week to the Germanic gods. Montag was originally derived from Mani, the moon god. The ancient Teutons saw the sun’s brother in the moon. So it is almost logical that SUNDAY precedes Monday.
9 Unknown Facts About Monday
Other scholars point out that ‘Monday’ directly translates ‘Dies lunes’ from Latin. Mani’s job was to watch over the course of the moon.
1. The week started on Sunday!
Even if you can hardly imagine it, Monday was not always the first day of the week in Germany. That has only been the case since 1976. And there is even an international standard that has set Monday as the first day of the week since 1976. Even if older people may not remember it: Before 1976, Sunday was officially the beginning of a new week. In some cultures, this has remained the case to this day, for example, in the USA.
Who would have thought/known? If you want to make an impression somewhere with useless knowledge in the sense of the 1 million euro question, then refer to the ISO 8601 / DIN 1355 standard. This officially states that the week starts on Monday. Incidentally, Monday was still called Munitag in Old High German. Otherwise, Monday is the same as any other day of the week: It occurs once a week, so 52 times a year. But somehow, this weekday is different/special.
2. Monday and its cultural significance
Yes, it is true. In our western culture, in particular, Monday is not really popular as the start of a new workweek. But this is not the case at all in other cultures: In some religions, the day is traditionally used as a day of fasting; in others, angels are worshiped. If your mood is falling now with the approaching Monday: Remember that Monday is not a disaster in many parts of the world. In Germany, however, Monday has to struggle with some prejudices. We will take a look at the most important ones below before moving on to the interesting results of scientific investigations.
3. Monday and the long list of prejudices and problem cases
The much-talked-about ‘Monday blues’ after the weekend really seem to be happening. In Germany, well over 80% of all employees state that they start Monday in an extremely bad mood. As a result, many people have a stubborn opinion that Monday is the worst day of the week. More on that later.
4. Monday in pop culture
The negative image of Monday does not come about by chance because catchy tunes like ‘I don’t like Mondays or ‘manic Monday make it clear to us again and again with good-sounding notes how bad this Monday actually is. Pop culture has made a major contribution to the fact that we mostly classify Monday as sad and melancholy.
5. Back in the Middle Ages
However, the term ‘blue Monday’ is much older than the mentioned hits. Already in the Middle Ages, the churches were decorated in blue during Lent. Many craftsmen did not work on Mondays when they were fasting. It was a start to the week that some employees can only dream of today. Just make it blue.
6. Is something wrong? Then it was produced on a Monday!
That Monday is generally negatively affected can be seen in linguistic creations such as the Monday device or the Monday car. This basically means a lack of functionality that is linguistically attributed to Monday. It even goes so far that the Federal Court of Justice has dealt with the ‘Monday car’ in a judgment. Basically, it is a car that has significant defects due to poor workmanship.
7. ‘Black Monday’ on the stock exchange
A serious stock market crash in October 1987, which began in Hong Kong and then spread to Europe, is referred to as ‘Black Monday.’ That certainly didn’t help the negative image of Monday either. In this context, we would like to remind you of numerous important demonstrations that also took place on a Monday. Even today, there is still talk of ‘Monday demonstrations,’ as they shaped the image in the media at the end of the GDR era.
8. Monday and its solemn face
Finally, something positive about Monday, especially for employees: Numerous public holidays always fall on a Monday. Rose Monday should not be associated with anything negative apart from happiness and the foolish hustle and bustle unless you’re a determined opponent of Carnival.
9. What do the scientists tell us about the worst day of the week?
Basically, the closer we get to the weekend, the better the mood gets. The further away the weekend, the worse the mood. And that is typically the case on Monday. You are probably familiar with the phenomenon, especially if you really enjoyed yourself at the weekend. By changing the biorhythm (sleeping in for a long time), employees often feel like they are exhausted on Mondays. Indeed, there is some research that identifies Monday as the worst day of the week. This is in line with general expectations.
How can satisfaction be measured linguistically?
Two mathematicians from Vermont did an interesting study 1carried out, which is based on a very large database. You have evaluated more than 2.4 million blogs and a total of more than 10 million sentences. Such a large database in itself means meaningful results. It is, therefore, worthwhile to take a look at the central examination result. The researchers wanted to analyze the well-being of the writers depending on the day of the week. To do this, they explicitly looked for formulations that begin with ‘I feel.’
The evaluation showed that bloggers felt most comfortable on Sunday. And that even though the terrible work Monday was imminent! The data also showed that many people could take this feeling of wellbeing with them on Monday. So, according to this study, Monday isn’t the worst day of the week. The data clearly indicate that Wednesday is the worst day of the week. The explanation is understandable: The vigor of the beginning of the week has fizzled out, and there are still two long working days before the next weekend can begin.
What do the statistics say about Monday?
The fact that Monday is not a good start to the new week from a purely statistical point of view is shown by the particularly high number of sick days on this weekday. Researchers found that emails made the most mistakes on Mondays in other studies. So productivity doesn’t seem to be particularly good at the beginning of the week.
And which day is actually the (in) most productive of the week?
An American research institute has determined that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, closely followed by Monday. It should come as no surprise that Friday ended up in last place in terms of productivity. After the lunch break at the latest, your thoughts will almost exclusively revolve around the upcoming weekend. Or is that different with you?
Conclusion: is Wednesday the new Monday?
There is no general way of saying which day of the week is the worst. Ultimately, it is a subjective perception that is influenced by numerous experiences around the start of the week. After a great weekend, you have probably already experienced one or the other disaster Monday that has burned itself deeply into your memory. Therefore, one thing is certain for most without hesitation: Monday is the worst day of the whole week! In many studies, Monday is appropriately named as the worst day of the week. However, the findings are not clear: There are also other approaches such as the above-mentioned study that make Wednesday the worst day of the whole week.