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Welcome to Black Friday

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010, at 10:46 AM

Is today (if you're reading this on Black Friday) too commercialized?

I've noted in past years how TV commericials have changed the pronounciation of THANKSgiving to ThanksGIVING, note the emphasis.

But this is the first year I've seen the term "Black Friday" so openly used in promotions and in naming the day, as opposed to being used primarly as a trade term by retail insiders.

And more stores are opening on Thanksgiving. I'm guessing the next step will be retailers urging families to shop together on Thanksgiving Day and eat one big meal at night, just long enough to gas up for Black Friday.

The holiday season wouldn't seem the same without buying sprees...as long as retailers don't begin to cut into family time.

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I quess it's called "black Friday", meaning the books are in the black(profit), vs red(loss). The day after "black Friday) will in the future be called "blue Saturday", when everyone is worn out from shopping and notice there is nothing else to do. No cows to milk, no cotton to pick, no hogs to kill, no pies to bake, no turkey to eat, no visiting relatives complaining, no pigs to slop and no Jack Daniels left to drink,

-- Posted by Grits on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 5:03 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.