This brings us to POETS DAY.
That’s “Poets Day” with no apostrophe.
The context: The character in the program we were watching was gathering up his things from work and getting ready to leave for the day. He was over-the-top gleeful and reminding everyone else to get going, too, because it was “Poets Day.”
So I thought the obvious and imagined those words with an apostrophe, as in “Poet’s Day”.
But this made no sense to me… I mean, poets are lovely and all that, but why were these people so gleeful about a day in honor of poets?
There was nothing else I could glean from the context of the program, so that was that. No clues.
Now, in the not-very-long-ago past, we would have puzzled over this for days. It’s the kind of thing that shows up in bar-talk, or assorted other casual conversation. It would get tossed out, chewed around, spit out, poked, prodded and pulled through conversation. What is? What do you think? COULD IT BE?
This conversation would take all night.
But the internet has changed all that. We don’t have to puzzle. We don’t have to wonder. We just google.
At that bar (or pub), someone from the group will pull out a phone, and within seconds the matter is closed.
No speculative conversation needed. Squished. Squelched. Chatter has subtly changed, since everyone has the “right answers” in their pockets.
No doubt about it. Smart phones are changing the way we interact with each other.
Let’s return to Poets Day.
I plugged it in to google and learned:
Poets Day = (stands for): Push out early tomorrow’s Saturday.
ahhhh. Now it all makes sense. It’s a TGIF kind of thing.
p.s. there is another version, swapping “push” with another four letter P word.
I choose “push” 🙂