Let’s face it: Western culture’s names for the weekdays are getting a bit long in the tooth. Sure, it might have made sense to the Greco-Roman astrologers to honor Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon. But here in the 21st century, with our more comprehensive understanding of our solar system and the cosmos in general, the only thing keeping the old names alive is pure inertia (Sailor Moon fans excepted).
We should have modern names for modern times. Yes, it will be difficult reaching consensus, but that’s no reason not to try. And while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and formally acknowledge that the day soon-to-be-formerly-known-as-Monday is the true start of the week, and put it on the far left of the calendar. Done and done! As for the names, I took a first cut at what the new weekdays might look like:
For the benefit of those on mobile devices, the proposed names are Blahday, Coffeeday, Internetday, Spaceday, Pizzaday, Funday, and Slackday. No, not every name is completely universal. But it’s hard to deny coffee and pizza’s influence on our civilization, even if one does not themselves partake. That said, it’s open to debate. And handily enough, I’ve put together some polls to make it easy for YOU to have a say in what the days of the week will be called as we hurtle towards the 22nd century. And yes, once it’s settled, we’ll remodel the month names. Have at it! – “S”