Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 13:03:31 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: POETS day > I dated an Englishman for about two years, > who said that in his old workplace in Sheffield, > they used to call Friday "POETS" day, > as an abbreviation for "Piss Off Early, > Tomorrow's Saturday." > > Is this more widespread than I've assumed? > Do others among you know (or even use) > this expression? I first heard it a good many years ago as "Piss On Everybody, Today's Saturday." Later I heard people argue that it was a Friday expression, not a Saturday expression, with "Tomorrow's" rather than "Today's." I think maybe I've also heard "Piss Off Early" instead of "Piss On Everybody." Isn't this expression what the Poets restaurant chain is referring to? I had always assumed that the name of the restaurant was a take-off on Fridays, a similar kind of restaurant that appeared shortly before Poets did. Now that I think about it, I'm not positive that Poets is a chain. But I assumed when it opened in Jackson (MS) fifteen or twenty years ago that the name was an answer to Fridays, the chain that is really named TGIFriday, I think. Fridays may be a regional chain, of course. Getting back to the answer to your question: Yes, I've heard POETS, with at least approximately the meaning you mentioned, almost as long as I've heard the expression TGIF. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]