10/2/19 Random Fact #14

Did you know that the days of the week were named after the planets in our solar system?

Sunday was obviously named after the sun, Monday was named after the moon, Tuesday was named after Mars, Wednesday was named after Mercury, Thursday was named after Jupiter, Friday was named after Venus, and Saturday was named after Saturn.

Now you’re probably wondering why Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday don’t match the names of the planets they correspond with. The reason why is because of Norse mythology with a bit of Roman mythology sprinkled in the mix.

Tuesday was named after Tyr, the Norse giant of war, Wednesday was named after Woden (Or Odin), the father of all of the giants, Thursday was named after Thor, the giant of thunder, and Friday was named after Frigga, the wife of Odin, representing love and beauty.

Basically they were actually named after Norse giants and when the Romans stumbled across this, they inserted their own mythology into the mix, and the planets were named what they are to this day. The translation just stuck in English because it is more of a Germanic language than a Romance language. Which is why when you translate the days of the week with a Romance language like French or Italian for example, the names match with the planets.

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