Monday, January 10, 2011

Red-letter Day

Brian asked about the origin of red-letter day. It means a day or date of special significance.

It tracks back to medieval liturgical calendars. The days that commemorated saints’ days or special festivals were literally printed in red ink to make them stand out. Less auspicious or less important days were printed in black ink, and were referred to as black-letter days.

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