TGIF: The origins of the phrase and its use in countries around the world
The origins of the phrase “TGIF”
As noted in a Not One-Off Britishisms post, the origins of the phrase “TGIF” have been disputed over the years. But, it singles in on a 1941 entry in the Encyclopedia of Slang as being the first to use “TGIF” in print.
The post includes a quote from The Marion Star (local Ohio newspaper) that reads:
"I thought I’d heard of everything in the way of booster clubs, alumni organization and the like, but this city, home of the Ohio State university Buckeyes […] has come up with one that tops them all. It’s the “Thank God It’s Friday” Club, composed entirely of undergraduates here at State. […] A typical meeting of the TGIF club goes something like this…."
This does help prove that "TGIF" did not originate with the TGI Friday’s restaurant chain, which opened in New York in 1965. According to Not One-Off Britishisms, the TGI Friday's restaurateur is said to have named his very first establishment based on the expression, “Thank God! It’s Friday!,” which he heard during his time spent at Bucknell University, which is located in Lewisburg, Penn.
The mainstream usage of the phrase “TGIF”
Today, I’d say you’re more likely to hear people use the abbreviated version of the saying - “TGIF.” But, when saying the whole phrase, some may choose to either say “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” or “Thank God It’s Friday” - based on their personal preference and/or beliefs.
As with so many popular phrases, it's not surprising that “TGIF” has made its way into pop culture over the years.
In 1989, ABC aired a family-friendly primetime TV block called TGIF. While it was based on the ph