A group met on the third Monday of the month, which was January 18. They were few, and I said vapidly that the reason was the weather, to which someone added: “Yes, it’s D Day. You’ve heard of D Day?”
I had heard of D Day, and had a moment of embarrassment – had I forgotten that today was that great Day, the commemoration of the 1944 Normandy landings? (It was June 6, as you remembered instantly, if you’re more calendrically minded than me.) “Depression Day,” the jokester explained.
This D Day that I hadn’t heard of, is it popular? – well, obviously it’s not popular, but it may be in popular parlance, like Tax Day. Let’s add it to the list of definitions of the nadir of the year, along with the solstice and St. Lucy’s Day. (Click the “Index” tab above – or click this, which I think should take you to the same place – and look for “seasons, definitions of.”)
Is this D-for-Depression Day January the 18th? I didn’t get a serious answer to the question. Maybe it’s the middle of January, or any day in January; it certainly could be today. I wish I could really have gone out before sunrise to see this scene:
I wish there would be a sunrise, sometime soon.
“Day” has a capital-letter meaning in a land where there is too much sunshine. In pre-Islamic Arabia, the Days of the Arabs, Ayyâm al-`Arab, were battles between tribes. They were not very bloodthirsty, but they were occasions for the poets to insult their enemies and boast of their own heroism. For instance the Day of Bu`âth, between the two tribes who lived in Medina; the Day of Transgression, fought in the month when you were supposed not to fight; and the Day of Basûs – she was an old woman whose camel had been injured. That Day dragged on for forty years, as did the most famous of all the Days, the Day of Dâhis and al-Ghabrâ. They were a horse and a mare who ran a race and whose owners, the cousin tribes `Abs and Dhubyân, quarreled as to which had cheated.
Ayyâm is the plural of yawm, “day,” and `arab also is a plural word, the singular being `arabî, “an Arab.” And Arabic has no capital letters.
While I was writing this – the sun burst out! I had to get outside for a ride, and to add a sketch.