Feb 24 2017

Happy Friday!

When I worked in cable TV, back in the nineties and early noughties, I spent some time working with Little Jo – so called because her name was Jo… and she was quite short.

Little Jo had a similar sense of humour to me and we got on quite well as a result.

One day – a Friday, it so happens – she wished me a good morning as I came into the office. “Happy Friday!” I replied back. She laughed and the following week we both greeted each other with “Happy Friday!”. And the next. And the next. It became a bit of a thing.

Nowadays, I often hear people say it in the office and I’ve heard it said on the telly, and I wonder whether I actually coined that phrase and it spread through people hearing Jo and I say it way back then. Because back then, it wasn’t a phrase at all.

Could have happened.

All phrases and sayings probably start with one person saying it and then it spreads, so maybe it propagated through Jo and I saying it to each other and to others. Who knows?

Similarly, I am old enough to remember when Diet Coke became a big thing in the UK, all them years ago.  And I can remember feeling quite pleased with myself when a barmaid asked if I wanted normal coke or the new diet coke. “Diet? I don’t want anything that’s diet”, I said, with more than a little indignation. “I’ll have the full-fat coke please”.  And she laughed and then I heard her mention it to a fellow barmaid.

Again, most everyone calls it ‘full-fat’ nowadays. And whilst the logical jump between ‘diet’ and ‘full-fat’ is a simple one that many people could have made around the same time, I like to think that maybe, just maybe – even though it’s unlikely – that that’s one of mine too.


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  1. Dave

    When I worked with my dad he was marketing an ifem called a Jenny-Can, a sort of refillable aerosol. The name, which was ridiculous, couldn’t be changed because the inventor had named it after his wife and that was that. I was just messing about with it one day and came up with the slogan, “if any can can, a Jenny-Can can”. There were a couple of other guys there who were from my dads biggest client. Cannon. Might be a coincidence but a few months later they had a new slogan – “if anyone can, Cannon can”. Hmmmm!

    1. Masher

      But you will never know whether it was a coincidence or not.

      1. Dave

        I was going to ask them directly but my Dad said not to. That was no coincidence, I was robbed! 🙂

  2. Toffeeapple

    You will always wonder about it won’t you?

    1. Masher


  3. Brennig

    What’s diet?

    1. Masher



      1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health:
      2. a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease:
      3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:
      4. the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group:

      1. Brennig

        Yes, but what’s a diet?

        1. Masher

          *sighs* internally.

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