Black Friday is the discount shopping day that follows American Thanksgiving, which is always on a Friday. Retailers promote Black Friday as the day to start shopping for Christmas. Black Friday is often advertised with “Christmas Sales” as well as “Thanksgiving Sales.”

The word “black” in Black Friday refers to the term “in the black” meaning making a profit. Today, Black Friday is not an important source of profit to retailers, but is important in driving traffic in to stores. Lots of retailers mail special Black Friday circulars to consumers, announcing deeply discounted items in the hopes that consumers will visit their store on Black Friday.

However, the Black Friday that comes to my mind is the Steely Dan song:

When Black Friday comes
I’ll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
When Black Friday comes
I’ll collect everything I’m owed
And before my friends find out
I’ll be on the road
When Black Friday falls you know it’s got to be
Don’t let it fall on me

and while totally inauspicious compared to the one first mentioned, I’m starting to think that I’m bound for the latter one …

Black Friday

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