Where Did The Phrase ‘Black Friday’ Come From?

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase¬†“Black Friday” does not come from businesses finally being able to make a profit (getting out of the red and into the black) due to the day after Thanksgiving shopping rush.

Linguist Ben Zimmer¬†joins Radio Boston to reveal the true origin of “Black Friday” — which includes disgruntled police officers, absentee factory workers and worried commercial retailers.


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