Awhile back I put a question out on Twitter asking which day of the week Shakespeare mentions the most. Bardfilm reminds me that I never posted the answer.
For simple analytical / search questions I head over to Shakespeare.Clusty.com. It is here that I punched in the various days, and here’s the results:
Sunday: 9 occurrences in 5 works
Monday: 7 occurrences in 5 works
Tuesday: 7 occurrences in 7 works
Wednesday: 15 occurrences in 9 works
Thursday: 15 occurrences in 3 works
Friday: 5 occurrences in 5 works
Saturday: 2 occurrences in 2 works
So Saturday is the clear loser, mentioned the least frequently across all the plays.
But the winner … should we call it Wednesday, or Thursday? Notice that Thursday is only mentioned in 3 plays, despite having the most mentions at 15. This is because 12 of those mentions come in Romeo and Juliet while they plan the wedding. Comparatively, only 3 mentions of Wednesday in R+J.
I think we can to declare Wednesday the winner. Mentioned the most often, across the widest number of plays.