Which American city popularized the term “Black Friday” in the early 20th century?
The term “Black Friday” was originally used derisively by Philadelphia police officers in reference to the traffic the post-Thanksgiving sales caused. Retailers preferred the more polite “Big Friday.” Nowadays, Black Friday has become a cultural phenomenon and has spread outside the United States into other countries, as shoppers hunt for great deals. Source: BBC
Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and sometimes even violence. The Philadelphia Police Department coined the phrase to describe the mayhem surrounding the congestion of pedestrian and auto traffic in the downtown area.
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In his ad, he said, “‘Black Friday’ is the name that the Philadelphia Police Department gave to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment for them. ‘Black Friday’ officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.” (Source: The Chicago Tribune, “Black Friday – Why and When?)