Every day is a Sisyday

Living in with restrictions on what we can do means that all the days start to feel the same. We start to lose track of what day of the week it is, since it doesn’t really matter anyway. I’ve started feeling like a need a word to use when I can’t remember the day of the week. It needs to be a new word for a day of the week which connects to the idea that every day is the same.

Most of our days of the week are named after Norse gods, but I struggled to find a figure in Norse mythology who would represent the idea of the relentless repetition of every day being the same. Often people used “Groundhog day” in this way in reference to the film, but it seems like a bit of a corruption of the original idea.

Instead I’ve started calling every day “Sisyday” in reference to Sisyphus whose fate it was to push a boulder up a hill every day for eternity. If you feel similarly about life in lockdown you’re welcome to use it!

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