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Entry from January 10, 2013

"Thirstday” is a drinking slang name for a day of the week. “Thirstday” usually (but not always) occurs on a Thursday, when many college parties start the weekend. Drinks on this day are often at a reduced price. “Thirst-day” has been cited in print since at least 1873.

Other slang names for days of the week include Shunday, Sober Sunday, Margarita Monday, Messed-up Monday, Mojito Monday, Moonshine Monday, Boozeday Tuesday, Tanked Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tequila Tuesday, Tipsy Tuesday, Trashed Tuesday, Twisted Tuesday, Wasted Wednesday, Whiskey Wednesday, Wine Wednesday, Winesday Wednesday, Thirsday, Thirsty Thursday, Fucked-up Friday, Shit-faced Saturday, Sloppy Saturday, Sloshed Saturday and Smashed Saturday.

Urban Dictionary
the day of the week that was formerly known as Thursday or even “thirsty Thursday”. A combination of the two to form a much easier word. Orgin- THE Michigan State University
“you better be going out tonight, its Thirstday”
by A. DUKE Aug 30, 2007

6 July 1873, San Antonio (TX) Daily Express, pg. 3, col. 1:
Judying from the way, the lager at the Springs flowed, we thought it was a thirst-day in Fe-brewery.

29 April 1878, Petersburg (VA) Index-Appeal, pg. 3, col. 1:
What a preparation for

22 May 1887, The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), “Scissored Sharps,” pg. 12, col. 7:
Tid Bits: Sunday in New York is becoming known as Thirst-day.

13 March 1968, Iowa City (IA) Press-Citizen, “A Chat With Pat,” pg. 9A, col. 8:
THIS IS AN Alcoholic’s week: Rumday, Boozeday, Winesday, Thirstday, Ryeday, and Shatterday. He makes no observance of Shunday.

26 April 1968, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “Highway Deaths Increase” by Clayton Rand, sec. 3, pg. 4, col. 5:
Frank Filley suggests for alcoholics’ week: Rumday, Boozeday, Winesday, Thirstday, Ryeday, Shatterday, and Shunday.

9 January 1986, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pg. OC-C6:
“Thirstday Night Toast,” a weekly meeting sponsored by the Orange County AdClub. 5:30 pm at Ravels in The Registry Hotel in Irvine.

Google Books
Einstein’s Monsters
By Martin Amis
New York, NY: Vintage Books
Pg. 112:
There were seven to chose from (all different now, all sad days, since the dog): Shunday, Moanday, Tearsday, Woundsday, Thirstday, Fireday, Shatterday.

Google Books
Cyril Connolly:
A Nostalgic Life

By Clive Fisher
London: Macmillan
Pg. 350:
‘Munchday, Chewsday, Say-When-s Day, Thirstday, Fried-day, Batter- day, Bunday.’

New York (NY) Times
How Thursday Became the New Friday
Published: November 6, 2005
Many students are so accustomed to a four-day week they cannot imagine life any other way. The weekend begins on Thursday night - known as “thirstday” in some circles at the University of Arizona and Arizona State. At Duke, the Malt Liquor Thursday party is a decade-old tradition. Stanford seniors gather for Pub Night at a different bar every Thursday.

Google Books
From Binge to Blackout:
A Mother and Son Struggle With Teen Drinking

By Chris Volkmann and Toren Volkmann
New York, NY: New American Library
Pg. ?:
Some students call Thursday “Thirsty Thursday” or just plain “Thirstday,” implying a party atmosphere on Thursday nights that would preclude serious class work on Fridays. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, January 10, 2013 • Permalink

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