The phrase “humpday.” It means you’re over the hump of a long week and it’s supposedly a downhill slide to the weekend. Humpday. It’s not anywhere near my favorite made-up words. I can’t say I hate it but I sure don’t use it.

Wednesday is one of my “long days” at work. More on that in a future blog. But Wednesday does mark a small accomplishment for countless people who do the Monday through Friday schedule so i guess that’s why the verbal garbage remains part of our collective vocabularies.

When I see the word hump, it brings to mind several things. Of course there’s the sexual reference, but that’s usually not the first on my list. Really.

I come from a railroad family so the phrase “DO NOT HUMP” is up there. The “DO NOT HUMP” sentence can be see on rail cars that carry mixed freight across the country. It’s usually on rail cars that are “piggy back,” meaning the flat cars haul shipping containers or trailers that are pulled by 18-wheelers on the highway.

Then there’s the “HUMP IT” phrase from my days at Texas A&M. During football games and yell practices, the yell leaders down in the front would holler, “HUMP IT AGS” which signaled us to bend slightly forward and put our hands on our slightly bent knees and prepare to start yelling those chants you hear at Aggie athletic contests. Those are often the subject of humor by people from outside the world of Aggieland, but I digress.

Humpday. Not a fan. Any day I can get away from the windowless office of mine (including while I’m still on the job) is a day I claim allegiance to.