Facebook Twitter Mehr

Vocabulary crossword

Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. If you are stuck, you can click on "Hint" to get a free letter. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number.

Days of the Week and their origins

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child that works hard on the Sabbath Day,
is blithe and bonny, good and gay

Have you ever wondered where the names come from for the days of the week or why there are actually seven days in a week? I often have, but never really went into it until today.
Nobody really knows why there are seven days in a week - there are so many different reasons. One being that God created the world in six days and had a rest on the seventh day. Another reason could be that there was one day of the week for each of the seven visible planets i.e. Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.

Days of the Week - word origins

MONDAY - Monday is from Old English Mondaeg and means "day of the moon". It was dedicated to the Moon.

TUESDAY - Tuesday is an Anglo-Saxon name honouring the god of war called Tiw. It is pronounced "tue". It was dedicated to Mars.

WEDNESDAY - Wednesday is an Anglo-Saxon name honouring the god "Odin" or "Woden". It was dedicated to Mercury.

THURSDAY - Thursday is an Anglo Saxon name and means "day of thunder". It was dedicated to Jupiter.

FRIDAY - Friday is from Old English Frigedaeg, and is named after the Norse goddess "Frigg" who was the wife of Odin. It was dedicated to Venus.

SATURDAY - Saturday is named after the Roman god "Saturn".

SUNDAY- Sunday is an Anglo- Saxon name and means "day of the sun". It was dedicated to the Sun.


Copyright © 2002-2016 Nicola Jayne Dökel and its licensors.
All rights reserved.