Cyber Monday – an extension of the traditional holiday shopping season kick-off – was supposedly in response to data that suggested a large increase in online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
However, according to Slate writer Will Oremus, that assumption is based off of a sham cooked up in 2005 by the National Retail Federation who said that the Monday after Thanksgiving was a big day for online sales.
Many people assume the term “Black Friday” comes from the massive shopping day, the day after Thanksgiving, that puts retailers back in the black.
But as linguist Ben Zimmer tells Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti, the term can be traced to the frustration of factory managers in the 1950s, and the frustration of Philadelphia traffic police in the 1960s.
Zimmer says the rebranded term referring to retailers turning a profit didn’t appear until the 1980s.