A short rant about Hump Day

I had an email this morning.

(I had more than one obviously, but I had this one in particular.)

It started like this:

‘Hi Jo, Happy Hump Day!’


No no no no.


Hump Day is just not a real thing. And even if it was, it’s not something you begin an email with, as though it’s Christmas or my birthday or something. Why can’t a Wednesday just be a Wednesday? Why do we feel the need to turn everything into an irritating meme??

The very worst possible combination for me is when it’s combined with the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ slogan, which seems to have been applied to everything in the entire world now. 

keep calm it's hump day

(This had better not get shared. I made it for ironic purposes.)

I actually quite like my job, and Wednesday for me isn’t some kind of amazing pinnacle. I don’t feel the need to measure my week by how many days there are left until I can get drunk or go to a shopping centre and spend all the money I earned in the job I hate on tat that I don’t need. 

And more to the point, even if I did, I wouldn’t give Wednesday a name, and attach it to a comedy picture of a camel, and go around wishing my colleagues a ‘happy Hump Day’ like some kind of loon. I wonder if the writer of the email would ever consider using the expression in real life? I’m imagining him turning up to a meeting with a new client:

‘Hi there,’ he says, shaking hands and holding up a picture of a camel, ‘I’m Gavin, great to meet you, and happy Hump Day!’

Sounds stupid doesn’t it? 

Hump Day.

Not a thing.

The end.



  1. 23 November, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    With you on pretty much all of that tbh.

    • Jo Middleton
      23 November, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Jax :-)

  2. 23 November, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I’m pleased to say I’ve never received an email including those words. Maybe you could set your spam filter to instantly move any thing containing the phrase to junk and delete.

    Really sorry to be the one to tell you this Jo but that image is going to get shared.

    • Jo Middleton
      23 November, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Ah yes, that could make a handy filter! I could spam anything with the words ‘hump day’, ‘FriYay’, ‘mumpreneur’…

  3. 23 November, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    HA HA! This is very timely – I put something almost identical to this on IG earlier. I HATE IT! Reminds me of when I used to work in local radio. SO CHEESY!

    • Jo Middleton
      23 November, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      It’s grim isn’t it? It does have a very Alan Partridge feel to it!

  4. Jo Middleton
    23 November, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Happy Hump Day!!!!!!

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