Some Griceian may contest that there's nothing 'good' (etymologically) about Good Friday. Since in "good bye", "good" is a corruption of 'God', could this be "God's Friday"?
n., formed within English,
by compounding. Etymons: "good", adj. (compare "good"
adj. 14c) + "Friday", n.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Christ is
commemorated in the Christian Church, traditionally observed as a day of fasting
1300 St. John Evangelist (Laud) 27 in C. Horstmann Early
S.-Eng. Legendary (1887) 403
A-morewe, ase on þe guode friday, ase he deide on
c1300 St. Brendan (Laud) l. 366 in C. Horstmann Early S.-Eng.
Legendary (1887) 229 Þare heo gounnen bi-leue A-gode friday al þe longue day
for-to an ester eue.
a1400 (▸a1325) Cursor Mundi (Vesp.) l. 17288 + 81
Vse we ay After heghe ful of þe moyne to take þe next friday, And þat hald we
our gode friday.
?a1425 (▸c1400) Mandeville's Trav. (Titus C.xvi) (1919)
50 Þere is a lampe þat hongeth before the Sepulcre..& on the gode Fryday
it goth out be himself.
c1429 Mirour Mans Saluacioune (1986) l. 2947 Thus
myght doelfulle Marye say on the Gude Fridaye.
1532 T. More Confut. Tyndale
in Wks. 651/2 The .iii. golden frydayes, that is to wit, the frydaye nexte
after Palme sundaye, and the frydaye next afore easter day, and good
1579 Spenser Shepheardes Cal. Feb. 30 So semest thou like good
fryday to frowne.
1635 F. Quarles Emblemes v. vii, Chear up, my soul..and
bear One bad good-friday, full mouth'd easter's near.
1662 A. Conway Let.
24 May in Conway Lett. (1992) iv. 224 Since good fryday I have not been able
to goe abroad.
1738 H. Taylor Let. 19 Sept. in T. Secker Corr. (1991) 18,
I shall officiate on Xtmas day & Good Fryday according to Your Lordships
1791 J. Boswell Life Johnson anno 1783 II. 444 On April 18,
(being Good-Friday,) I found him..drinking tea without milk, and eating a
cross-bun to prevent faintness.
1837 Times 24 Feb. 2/5 On last Holy
Thursday or Good Friday they were at the bakehouse of the Sieur Montonnet to
heat the oven.
1859 G. A. Sala Twice round Clock (1861) 80 What becomes
of all the cold crossbuns after Good Friday?
1868 W. M. Campion & W. J.
Beaumont Prayer-bk. Interleaved (1876) 115 The term Good Friday is peculiar to
the English Church.
1928 Public Opinion 6 Apr. 325/1 The newspapers do
not publish on Good Friday.
1991 J. Trollope Rector's Wife vii. 87 The
three-hour service on Good Friday, when Peter liked the church quite unadorned,
with the crucifix above the altar shrouded in black.
2010 Leicester Mercury
(Nexis) 7 Apr. 15 It is Good Friday and that is a Bank Holiday.
a. General attrib., as Good Friday
mass, Good Friday service, etc.
1491 Mirk's Festialis (Caxton) sig.
eiijv, Our lorde Ihesu crist, that suffred for vs & all mankynde on good
1563 Bp. J. Pilkington Burnynge of Paules Church sig.
C.viiiv, Good fridaye masse.
1595 A. Copley Wits Fittes & Fancies
iii. 93 A Preacher in his good-friday sermon.
1663 J. Carleton Ultimum
Vale 26 On Good-fryday night, she would not go to Bed, she said, but be at her
1753 J. White Protestant Englishman iv. §4. 285 If it was not
consider'd as an Object of divine Adoration, what means the Good-Friday Service,
and all the Ceremonies thereof.
1819 Scott Ivanhoe II. vii. 104 Like a
village girl at her first confession upon Good Friday eve.
1890 Dublin Rev.
July 81 All of these are represented in the Good Friday Mass.
1956 Life 2
Apr. 112/2 (caption) Good Friday communion for the congregation, long
forbidden, is prepared by Rev. Ellis Wulfers carrying Blessed Sacrament under an
1961 J. Toland But not in Shame v. xx. 316 Dirty clouds of
smoke still rose to the left where woods were smoldering from the cataclysmic
Good Friday bombardment.
1992 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Nexis) 16 Apr. 3
a, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), 1210 Locust Street, will have Good
Friday services at noon and 12:30 p.m.
2011 Liverpool Echo (Nexis) 21 Apr.
70 Evans will go straight into the Centurions squad for the club's Good Friday
fixture with Barrow.
b. attrib., designating cakes,
buns, etc., traditionally baked and eaten on Good Friday, esp. hot cross buns.
Chiefly in Good Friday bun. Now rare.Traditionally some buns were baked until
dry, hung up, and grated for medicinal use throughout the year.
Markham Countrey Contentments, or Eng. Huswife (new ed.) vi. 223 Of these
Gerts are made the good Friday pudding.
1654 E. Gayton Pleasant Notes Don
Quixot i. v. 17 A piece of the groaning Cake, (as they call it) which she kept
religiously, with her Good Friday Bun, full forty good yeares.
W. Smith in J. Blackburne Reg. Ingleby (1889) p. xxviii, Mixing Arsenick in a
1825 W. Hone Every-day Bk. (1826) I. 202/2 In the
houses of some ignorant people, a Good Friday bun is still kept ‘for luck’, and
sometimes there hangs from the ceiling a hard biscuit-like cake of open
crow-work, baked on a Good Friday, to remain there till displaced on the next
Good Friday by one of similar make.
1876 F. K. Robinson Gloss. Words Whitby
Pref. p. xii, Best flour biscuits are made on Good Friday, to be kept as a
year's supply for grating into milk or brandy and water to cure the diarrhœa;
and with holes in the centre, we have seen ‘Good Friday biscuits’ hanging from
1905 B. Capes Jay of Italy iii. 27 He was none the less
savage against circumstances—vicious, desperate, insolent with his master, as
cross all over as a Good Friday bun.
1945 Strand Mag. Apr. 96 (crossword
clue) A Good Friday cake that some hang up as a charm against evil (3, 5, 3)
[= hot cross bun].
Good Friday agreement n. Polit. an agreement between the British and Irish
governments and the main political parties of Northern Ireland, setting out
proposals for the securing of peace in Northern Ireland, including provisions
for the formation of new political assemblies and commitments regarding such
issues as the release of prisoners and the decommissioning of the weapons of
paramilitary organizations. The agreement was reached at Stormont Castle,
Belfast, on Good Friday (10 April) 1998, and its terms passed by public
referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on 22 May
[1998 Belfast News Let. (Nexis) 31 Mar. Confidently forecasting a
Good Friday agreement, he [sc. Senator George Mitchell] said: ‘I think I have
enough experience to judge when something is realistic.’]
1998 Press Jrnl.
(Vero Beach, Florida) 11 Apr. a15 President Clinton called the Good Friday
agreement ‘the best chance for peace in a generation.’
2001 B. Ahern in
Herald (Glasgow) (Electronic ed.) 2 Feb. These are issues that are extremely
important for the peace and security of everybody in Ireland and to see the full
implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
2010 Church Times 10 Sept.
13/3 Since the Good Friday Agreement, increasing numbers of Roman Catholics
serve in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
c. Designating a
day on which or season in which religious observance takes place. Chiefly in
Christian contexts (usu. in Good Friday n.); in later use also occas. in Jewish
contexts (cf. yom tov n.). [With reference to Jewish religious holidays, after
Yiddish yontev and its etymon biblical Hebrew yōm ṭōḇ yom tov n.]
tide: see good tide n. Good Wednesday: see Special uses 3.
Exhort. to Penitence (Corpus Cambr. 190) in B. Thorpe Anc. Laws & Instit. of
Eng. (1840) II. 224 Ðeos tid cymð ymbe twelfmonað þæt ælc man sceal his scrift
gesprecan... Þonne hafa þu rihtne geleafan to Gode & to þysse godan
a1500 in C. Brown Relig. Lyrics 15th Cent. (1939) 123 (MED), Thre
kyngys come on goid xij day.
1620 Hist. Frier Rush sig. B2v, Vpon a good
night, all the whole Convent assembled together in the Quier.
1654 J. Trapp
Comm. Minor Prophets ii. 35 She shall neither have holy-dayes nor good dayes
(as they are called, Esth. 8.17.) to keep and celebrate.
1723 J. Barker
Patch-work Screen for Ladies ii. 45 When Duty and good Days call'd me to
Church, I thought I might find there some Compeeresses, or Persons of my own
1886 Sabbath Visitor 421/1 Nov. These three festivals or feasts
are called good days or holidays, because they are set aside more for rejoicing
than for deep thought.
1902 Menorah Mar. 177 He remembers his childhood
days, the Jewish ‘good-days’, Sabbaths, the illuminated synagogue,
2000 N. Kanellos Noche Buena 83 Christmas Eve, the Good Eve, was
the time for the patriarchal feast at the Olivareño.