While it’s hard to discover how many popular expressions have originated, Hump Day is a no-brainer. If the five weekday workdays are lined up in a row Wednesday falls right in the middle. People, who dislike their job often feel that once that they have made it to Wednesday, it’s a downward slide to the weekend. Those with Friday deadlines may experience midweek pressure to buckle down and get the job done. It just depends!
No one takes an old dog and teaches it new tricks like Geico Insurance. Everyone who has been to a zoo knows that camels are the nastiest of all the beasts on Earth. They growl and split when they are unhappy. The word vile has actually been used to describe their temperaments. Some genius at Geico recognized the similarity between people who hate their jobs and mistreated camels. Thus came the famous Hump Day advertisement of the camel wondering around the office purposely trying to rattle the employees.
Happier than a Camel on Wednesday
Watch the GEICO Camel hassle workers.
Camels are distinctive for their humps, of course. The first time I ever heard the word “Hump” when I was a child. I don’t think it had anything to do with the days of the week. The expression was “busting my hump” and it was always said by men. I thought it might have something to with sex. At the time I didn’t know much about human reproduction but I was aware of the tension that existed between the genders. The Free Dictionary states that this idiom means “to exert a significant amount of energy to do, accomplish, or complete something, especially with great haste. I’ve been busting my hump all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow’s meeting.” Apparently the meaning changes when someone else attempts to “bust your hump.” The variation means “to criticize somebody in an angry or annoying way.” and generally implies a threat to what we also call the male package.
As a Dayologist I have some critical information to add. Mercury has been given the astrological rulership of Wednesday. Traditionally as the “messenger” Mercury oversees all manner of learning, language, communication and systems. It is brilliant and organized, but also known for its bad habits of criticizing, complaining and backbiting. The camel as it is portrayed in the Geico advertisement represents our subconscious resentment of having to work at endless and meaningless tasks and especially so on such a perceptive day.
Instead of just making profits for corporate interests, let’s turn our backs on the “camel consciousness” and find ways to redirect our efforts toward the welfare of all humanity. That will allow Wednesday and all the other days of the week to function, each according to its own spiritual purpose.